2012-04-09 "Deadly shooting in Eagle Ranch near Eloy, Arizona leaves two dead"
On April 8, 2012, at approximately 10:35 p.m., agents from the Casa
Grande Border Patrol Station, Eloy Police Department, and Coolidge
Police Department responded to the Eagle Ranch located at the south end
of South Night Sky Street, south of West Antares Drive, in Eloy,
Arizona. The response was in reference to shots being fired at an
illegal alien smuggling load. The GPS coordinates of the Eagle Ranch are
N32 27.750, W-111 44.646.
Upon arrival, the law enforcement agencies determined that there was one
deceased person in the bed of a pickup truck and a second deceased
subject in a wash northeast of the pickup truck. Several border crossers
were located hiding in the brush nearby. It was determined that the
incident had occurred in Pima County.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department received information and a request
to respond to the scene. Pima County Sheriff’s Homicide Unit detectives
also responded. It was determined that the border crossers were
traveling in a pickup truck in a wash that is commonly used for human
smuggling. They were ambushed by an unknown number of subjects in
camouflage clothing armed with rifles. Shots were fired at the pickup
truck at which time two subjects were fatally struck.
Names of the victim’s are not being released at this time pending next of kin notification.