Authorities say a fugitive from the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list suspected of spraying automatic weapons fire at two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies nearly nine years ago is in custody in Mexico.

FBI and sheriff's officials said in a news release Saturday that reputed gang member Emigdio Preciado Jr. was arrested Friday night in Mexico and FBI agents there verified his identity. FBI officials would not give further details on the arrest.

The 39-year-old Preciado has been wanted since the Sept. 5, 2000, attack in Whittier, in which Deputy Michael Schaap was shot in the face and badly wounded. He has since recovered. His partner escaped uninjured.

Preciado also was wanted on a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.