Bia Agent Shot By Sheriff's Deputy

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A Bureau of Indian Affairs agent was shot and killed by a Gila County Sheriff's deputy in Globe Saturday night when the agent allegedly pulled a gun on the deputy during a traffic stop.

According to Gila County Sheriff's Lt. Chad Langley, BIA Agent Mark Leber was allegedly having some personal problems and called 911.

"The 911 call came in at 9:05 p.m.," Langley said. "He said something to the effect that he was going to commit suicide."

The Globe Police Department was dispatched to the motel where Leber was staying, and requested backup from the sheriff's office.

"When one of the officers went to the motel, he wasn't there," Langley said.

Leber's vehicle was spotted a short time later.

"The officers located his vehicle in town at the Highway 60-70 junction and our officers were backup," Langley said. "They attempted to make contact with him and the suspect got out of the vehicle with the gun and pointed it at the sheriff's deputy. He had absolutely no choice."

Leber was shot and killed at 9:25 p.m.

According to Langley, the incident being investigated by the Department of Public Safety.

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