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2 U.S. Border Patrol agents assaulted within 24 hours

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TUCSON - Two U.S. Border Patrol officers patrolling in Southern Arizona were assaulted in separate incidents within 24 hours on Thursday and Friday.

A Tucson sector agent was assaulted by a man who entered the U.S. illegally through the desert near Lukeville, Ariz on Thursday.

A 24-year-old Guatemalan national reportedly hit the agent before he was taken into custody.

Another border patrol agent was then nearly hit by a driver attempting to avoid arrest near Whetstone, Ariz on Friday.

A 22-year-old Phoenix man was wanted for human smuggling and narrowly missed the federal agent when his car collided with the agent's cruiser, according to the Tucson Sector Public Affairs Office.

The Guatemalan man will face federal assault charges and immigration violations, according to the the affairs office.

The Phoenix man will be prosecuted under federal assault charges and for his role in a human smuggling attempt in Cochise County.

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Carla Litto

Digital content producer for KVOA News 4 Tucson. Carla previously interned at the NBC affiliate. She is currently a senior at UArizona majoring in journalism.

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