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Border Patrol agent in Arizona fatally shoots assailant who stabbed him

(Flickr Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

PHOENIX – Authorities said a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona was stabbed Monday night before shooting and killing the assailant.

The incident occurred around 7 p.m. east of Nogales, where the agent was patrolling on foot.

He was arresting a group of people in the country without documentation when one of the people attacked him with a knife, according to a Tuesday statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The agent was stabbed multiple times before fatally shooting the attacker, the statement said.

He was airlifted to a Nogales airport and then flown to a Tucson hospital, where he was treated for his wounds before being released.

No other information was immediately available.

The FBI is leading the investigation into the incident.

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