TUCSON, Ariz. — The Latest on a shootout between Border Patrol agents in Arizona and an elderly man (all times local):
The Border Patrol has identified an elderly man who fired his gun at agents at a checkpoint near Tombstone and was shot in the arm.
Tucson Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez said Thursday that 76-year-old Gary Smith of Tombstone suffered non-life threatening injuries after a shootout with agents at a checkpoint.
Chavez said Smith crashed into traffic barricades at the checkpoint on State Route 80 on Wednesday afternoon and then started shooting at agents. The checkpoint was temporarily closed at the time of the shooting because of bad weather but has since reopened.
Investigators believe two agents fired back at Smith, striking him in the upper left arm.
Chavez said investigators found two guns belonging to Smith at the scene. Smith was transported to a Tucson-area hospital.
The agents who fired haven’t been identified.
Authorities say a man shot and wounded after he allegedly fired at Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint is a 76-year-old man whose concerned daughter had earlier called 911 about him.
The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office says the daughter called from Tombstone to say her father had driven off, had medical issues and had guns and alcohol with him.
The father’s name wasn’t released but Border Patrol spokeswoman Vivian McLaughlin says he’s the same man involved in the Wednesday shootout at a checkpoint near Tombstone.
The Border Patrol said agents returned fire, wounding the man, after his vehicle struck barriers and he fired at agents.
The man was hospitalized. His condition isn’t known.
The FBI is investigating the incident. FBI officials didn’t immediately respond to a request for additional information.