On Saturday January 18, 2014, at approximately 12:45 a.m., the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Douglas Port of Entry regarding what sounded like a gun battle with automatic weapons and possibly hand grenades south of the United States/Mexico border. The Port of Entry advised that the sounds lasted until just after 1:00 a.m., and there were no requests for medical personnel or ambulances to respond to the port.
Information, which was received throughout the day, indicates that a gun/weapons fight did occur in Agua Prieta, Sonora, south of the US/Mexico border, where several fatalities occurred in two separate incidents. All information received indicates that this is probably cartel related with massive amounts of munitions used to include automatic weapons, 50 caliber weapons, and hand grenades. Reports of the death toll range from 8-13 people, none of whom are listed as US Citizens.