Jun 24, 2014 8:08 PM by Nathan O'Neal

Man killed in Green Valley border agent shooting had smuggling past

PIMA COUNTY - News 4 Tucson has learned new details about a man who was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent during a pursuit last month in Green Valley.

Jose Luis Arambula was shot after running from two Border Patrol agents following a vehicle chase that led him to a golf-residential area.

According to the Pima County Sheriff's Department, the suspect was unarmed. However, agents found 500 pounds of marijuana in Arambula's vehicle.

Just months before that deadly incident, Arambula fled from law enforcement in a similar drug run. He was arrested after he allegedly tried to smuggle 300 pounds of marijuana through Southern Arizona.

On April 4th, Arambula failed to yield in a traffic stop near Sahuarita, according to law enforcement records. Border Patrol agents and Sahuarita Police chased after him. Pima County Sheriff's deputies also pursued Arambula -- until they were called off.

Arambula eventually crashed a white Dodge pick-up truck into another car near Drexel and 12th Ave. in Tucson. He told deputies he was going to be paid $1,000 to drive the drugs from Arivaca to Phoenix.

According to records, when he was confronted, Arambula ran until one deputy drew his weapon and told him to get on the ground. The incident ended without a single shot fired.

That is a much different story than what took place roughly three weeks ago in Green Valley.

"Right behind him were two Border Patrol vehicles," one witness recounted.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department is leading the investigation into the fatal shooting of Arambula.

"Agent Marquez fired his weapon nine times. It struck Mr. Arambula once and Mr. Arambula was pronounced dead at the scene," said Lt. David Theel shortly after the incident.


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