The Latest: Border Patrol: Agent dead from apparent suicide

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Posted: Sep 27, 2016 3:41 PM

MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fired at police (all times local):

12:40 p.m.

The U.S. Border Patrol says an agent found dead inside his Arizona home after exchanging gunfire with police responding to a 911 call died from an apparent suicide.

Officials from the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector say 40-year-old Jeremy Russo joined the agency in September 2011. They say his most recent assignment was at the Casa Grande Border Patrol Station.

Police in the city of Maricopa, south of Phoenix, say Russo fired a rifle from a second-floor window at two officers responding to a call about domestic violence Monday evening.

Police spokesman Ricardo Alvarado says one officer shot back and that no officers were injured.

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8:40 a.m.

Police in Maricopa say a man found dead inside his family's home after exchanging gunfire with police responding to a 911 call was a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado identified the man found dead early Tuesday morning as 40-year-old Jeremy Russo.

A spokeswoman for the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector said the agency had no immediate comment but plans to release a statement.

Alvarado said the incident began Monday evening when two officers responded to a 911 call about domestic violence at the home and a man in a second-floor window fired a rifle at them.

Alvarado says one officer returned fire but that it's not immediately known whether Russo died from a police bullet or a self-inflicted wound.

No officers were injured.

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6:55 a.m.

Authorities say a man who allegedly fired a rifle at police responding to a 911 call made by a girl reporting domestic violence in a Maricopa home has been found dead inside.

Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado says one officer returned fire but that it isn't immediately known whether the man was killed by gunfire by police or himself.

Alvarado says a robot sent inside the home by a state police SWAT team that used explosives to breach the front door found the man's body in an upstairs closet.

The robot was sent in early Tuesday morning about four hours after the incident began Monday evening.

According to Alvarado, the man's wife and his two children had earlier made it out of the home OK.

No identities were released.