PHOENIX (AP) - The Border Patrol says one of its agents was killed and another wounded in a shooting early Tuesday in Arizona near the U.S.-Mexico line.
The Border Patrol said in a statement the agents were shot while patrolling on horseback in Naco at about 1:50 a.m. MST Tuesday.
George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said the agents who were shot were on patrol with a third agent, who was not harmed.
McCubbin said the wounded agent is in surgery and is expected to recover from his wounds. The patrol said he was shot in the ankle and buttocks.
Authorities have not identified the agents.
The last U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot on duty was Brian Terry, who was killed in a shootout with Mexican bandits near the border in December 2010. The shooting was later linked to the Fast and Furious gun smuggling operation.
The border patrol station in Naco was recently named after Terry.