October 6, 2012

Federal authorities said Friday that there were “strong preliminary indications” that a Border Patrol agent who was killed in a shooting on Tuesday in Arizona near the border with Mexico was accidentally shot by another agent.

The authorities also said that another agent who was injured was also probably wounded by an agent.

“While it is important to emphasize that the F.B.I.’s investigation is actively continuing, there are strong preliminary indications that” the agents were shot by another agent, said James L. Turgal Jr., a senior official for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Arizona.

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