A shootout took place at the border in Templeton, Arizona on Wednesday when an elderly man smashed through traffic barricades at the checkpoint on State Route 80.
ABC 15 reported that Gary Smith, a 79 year-old Tombstone resident, opened fire on Border Patrol officials after he plowed his truck through the barricades at the checkpoint. A shootout between the elderly man and Border Patrol immediately ensued, and Smith sustained non-life threatening injuries. He was reportedly hit in the upper left arm when two agents opened fire on him.
The checkpoint had been closed at the time of the incident due to bad weather, but it was reopened today.
Two guns were found in Smith’s vehicle, and his motive is not known at this time.
We will update you further as this story develops.