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DPS releases statement on deadly shooting in Mexico border state

TUCSON – The Arizona Department of Public Safety released a statement Wednesday in reference to the shootout near the Arizona-Mexico border that left 10 people dead Monday.

According to Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, the first gunbattle took place in Agua Prieta near the border from the Port of Douglas, resulting in six deaths. A second firefight occurred shortly after on a highway near Naco, leaving four people dead.

CCSO reported Monday that both shootings stemmed from a battle between two cartel factions.

DPS released the following statement on their Twitter account Wednesday afternoon.

In response to the significant drug cartel-related violence in the Mexican cities of Agua Prieta and Naco, the Arizona Department of Public Safety has dedicated additional assets and support to the region. With an unconfirmed death toll on the Mexican side of the border of 10 victims, there is no higher priority than to protect the public safety of Arizonans. We are in close contact with our federal partners including the Department of Homeland Security & Customs & Border Protection, & the Drug Enforcement Administration. We have also offered support to local partners including Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and with our Mexican counterparts including the Sonora State Police.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.
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