from Gene Caferelli
Published 01/24/2008 - 9:03 p.m. EST
A U.S. Border Patrol agent questioning the occupants of a pickup truck clung to the passenger door and shot and wounded the truck's driver Thursday as the man attempted to flee, authorities said.
The unidentified agent stopped the truck with five people inside about 9:30 a.m. on U.S. 191, nine miles northwest of Doug las, Cochise County Sheriff's spokesman Carol Capas said. The agent was acting on a tip that a truck matching the description and license plate had been seen loading a group of illegal immigrants near Doug las , Capas said.
As the agent stood on the passenger side of the truck, the driver attempted to drive off, with the agent caught in the vehicle's door, Capas said.
"The agent fired a single shot prior to falling off of the door, which struck the driver one time in the leg," Capas said. The agent was dragged about 20 feet before firing his shot, hitting the driver in the upper left leg, Capas added.
The driver _ identified as Luis Sanchez-Barron, 29, of _ stopped a short distance away. He was airlifted to University Medical Center in , where he was listed in fair condition.
Capas said the other four occupants apparently did not attempt to escape and were taken into custody by the Border Patrol.
Tucson sector Border Patrol spokesman Jesus "Chuy" Rodriguez said he did not know if the five were in the country illegally.
The agent was taken to the Southeastern Arizona Medical Center in Doug las for treatment of cuts and abrasions sustained when he fell from the moving vehicle
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