BISBEE—The victim count increased to 15 dead within a week as violence Friday in the Mexican state of Sonora continued with multiple shootings that took six more lives in Agua Prieta.
The violence began June 10 as shootings occurred in Agua Prieta and Naco, Sonora. As of Wednesday, law enforcement officials in Naco and Agua Prieta confirmed the total number of dead included eight men and one woman. In Naco, AZ, a woman and a 12-year-old child were also injured in the crossfire and taken to University Medical Center in Tucson.
Carol Capas, Cochise County Sheriff’s Office public information officer, said intelligence provided by sources confirmed the fighting was between two cartels operating in Agua Prieta. Intelligence the CCSO stated there was two separate shootings near the border with the United States in Douglas.
She also said gunfire from Agua Prieta was close enough to the border that shots could be heard. It resulted in one of the deputies being pulled from the area who was working with children in a Sheriff’s Office program.
According to Douglas Police Chief Kraig Fullen, “Gunfire was heard from the U.S. side, but we have no reports of gunfire crossing into the U.S. We are maintaining communication with our local, county, state and federal partners to stay abreast of information as it becomes available. We have increased our law enforcement presence in the area.”
Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels said Friday, “The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to the safety and security of our citizens, and the ongoing violence reported in Agua Prieta and Naco resulting in multiple deaths on Monday and again today is cause for serious concern. We have mobilized additional assets to the Douglas and Naco, Ariz. locations to ensure that any required response will be swift and without delay.
“We are working closely with our local partners with Douglas Police and Bisbee Police and Fire Departments, as well as with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and United States Border Patrol and Homeland Security to be proactive in our collaborative efforts and responses as needed. Although these acts of violence are occurring in another country, that country joins our county and impacts all of us.”