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PCSD investigating double homicide, illegal immigrants shot to death

PCSD investigating double homicide, illegal immigrants shot to death

CREATED Apr 9, 2012

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

PIMA COUNTY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - The Pima County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of two illegal immigrants near Eagle Ranch in Eloy.

Deputy Dawn Barkman tells KGUN9 that on April 8, agents from the Casa Grande Border Patrol
Station, Eloy Police Department, and Coolidge Police Department responded to the Eagle Ranch
located at the south end of South Night Sky Street, south of West Antares Drive, in Eloy, Arizona in regards to shots being fired at an illegal alien smuggling load.

When deputies arrives, they determined there was one deceased person in the bed of a pick-up truck and a second deceased person in a wash northeast of the pickup truck.  Several border crossers were located hiding in the brush nearby.

Homicide Unit detectives responded and determined the border crossers were traveling in a pickup truck in a wash that is commonly used for human smuggling.   They were ambushed by  an unknown number of subjects in camouflage clothing armed with rifles.

Shots were fired at the pickup truck at which time two subjects were fatally struck, says Barkman.

Names of the victim’s are not being released at this time pending next of kin notification.