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Elderly man wounded in shootout with border agents charged

Posted at 3:08 PM, Jun 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-15 21:09:23-04

A 76-year-old man who police say barreled into a Border Patrol checkpoint in southern Arizona and shot at agents before they fired back is facing federal charges.

Gary Smith of Tombstone was indicted on charges of assault of a federal officer and use of a firearm in a crime of violence.

A magistrate judge ordered Smith detained without bond last week, saying he was a danger to the public. His federal public defender did not respond to an inquiry.

Smith was struck in the arm after a shootout with Border Patrol agents on May 18 at a checkpoint near Tombstone. No agents were injured.

According to a court document, Smith had recently been treated at a mental health facility and told his family he was going to "commit suicide by cop."