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Arizona Port of Entry Closed After Border Officer Shoots Driver Who Refused to Stop

Pedestrians from Mexico leave after going through customs at the Nogales port of entry in Arizona on July 7, 2012. (Credit: Sandy Huffaker / Getty Images)

Pedestrians from Mexico leave after going through customs at the Nogales port of entry in Arizona on July 7, 2012. (Credit: Sandy Huffaker / Getty Images)

Update: Nogales, Arizona, Mayor Arturo Garino initially told a newspaper Thursday night that the wounded man was killed, but Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Teresa Small told The Associated Press Friday the man had not died.

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Original post: The mayor of Nogales, Arizona, says a port of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border is temporarily closed after a customs officer shot and killed a southbound driver who refused to stop.

Mayor Arturo Garino tells the Arizona Daily Star that he was told the shooting took place after the truck tried to run over the officer Thursday night.

The truck’s momentum then carried it onto the Mexican side of the buffer zone between the two countries.

Officers of the Mexican equivalent of U.S. Customs and Border Protection reportedly surrounded the truck and discovered the driver dead.

Mexican authorities told the Nogales International newspaper that two men were in the truck and the passenger was arrested.

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