Border Patrol agent shot south of Arivaca

Contributed Photo: A Border Patrol agent was shot Tuesday morning while on duty south of Arivaca.

By Jon Johnson

ARIVACA – A Border Patrol agent with the Tucson Sector of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection was shot early Tuesday morning south of Arivaca.

Ironically, the shooting took place the day after the CBP honored Border Patrol Agent Alexander Kirpnick, who died in the line of duty June 3, 1988. The CBP posted a video to its Twitter account showing the placement of a plaque regarding Kilpnick.

Tuesday’s shooting took place about 4:30 a.m. According to a press release, several subjects were taken into custody but it was not known if any others were injured or if the shooter was among those arrested.

The unnamed agent was taken to a hospital for treatment, but his condition was not disclosed.

Arivaca is an unincorporated community in Pima County roughly 11 miles north of the Mexican border. Part of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge is in the Arivaca Creek Valley southeast of the town. The area has been known for smuggling in the past. 

Arivaca Road connects with I-19 at Amado, which is south of Green Valley.