EXCLUSIVE: Officer Shot Near US-Mexico Border With AK-47, Source Says

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A police officer from the border town of Nogales, Arizona, was shot and killed Friday, with what law enforcement believe was an AK-47, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The suspect is believed to have car-jacked a vehicle before shooting the Nogales Police Department officer who pulled him over, the source said. The consensus among law enforcement at this time is that the suspect used an AK-47 to shoot the NPD officer, according to the source.

The suspect proceeded to steal at least two more vehicles and led multiple law enforcement agencies on an extended manhunt before he was captured Friday evening, the source said.

State, federal and local law enforcement were all involved in the manhunt, the source said. The suspect at one point led authorities to the Mariposa point of entry, before stealing a vehicle and driving off once again, the source said.

The suspect fired at law enforcement each time he ran into officers, the source said, before eventually ditching his weapon and surrendering to law enforcement.

An officer had been shot and was in critical condition, Nogales police confirmed on Twitter. The officer was shot in a suspected carjacking, local media first reported.

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, a Marine veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, was killed in 2010 by illegal aliens using an AK-47 style rifle in a gun walking scandal known as Fast and Furious. The scandal ended in the resignation of a Department of Justice attorney and a contempt of Congress charge for then-Attorney General Eric Holder.

This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available

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