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Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010 9:24 pm | Updated: 3:26 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Amid a heated national debate on illegal immigration, a sheriff's deputy was shot and wounded Friday after encountering a group of suspected illegal immigrants who apparently had been hauling bales of marijuana along a major smuggling corridor in the Arizona desert.

Arizona deputy shot; illegal immigrants suspected

A sheriff's deputy was shot and wounded Friday after encountering a group of suspected illegal immigrants who apparently had been hauling bales of marijuana along a major smuggling corridor in the Arizona desert.

The violent episode comes amid a heated national debate over immigration.

Arizona deputy shot; illegal immigrants suspected

State and federal law enforcement agencies deployed helicopters and scores of officers in pursuit of the suspects after the deputy was shot with an AK-47 on Friday afternoon.

Authorities say 53-year-old Pinal County Sheriff's Deputy Louie Puroll had a chunk of skin torn from just above his left kidney, but the wound was not serious. He was treated at Casa Grande Regional Medical Center and released Friday night.

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