Entries in Brian Terry (3)


Family of Slain Border Patrol Agent to Testify Before Congress

John Moore/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The family of a U.S. border patrol agent who was fatally shot in Arizona late last year will testify before Congress Wednesday on the heels of a Congressional report showing that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) allowed guns to be illegally purchased in the U.S. and carried into Mexico.

Two guns recovered from the scene where Brian Terry was killed were traced back to the ATF operation dubbed "Fast and Furious."

The joint House and Senate investigative report says the operation was poorly run and that the ATF knowingly allowed as many as 1,800 U.S. guns to be illegally bought by straw purchasers, with many of those firearms being bound for Mexico.

Those weapons, the report alleges, helped fuel the escalating violence and deaths in Mexico.

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Mexican National Indicted in Killing of Border Patrol Agent

John Moore/Thinkstock(TUCSON, Ariz) -- A Mexican national was indicted Friday in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent who was shot and killed in December.

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, of El Fuerte, Mexico faces several charges for his alleged involvement in the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was gunned down on December 14, 2010 near Rio Rico, Ariz. Authorities say Osorio-Arellanes was part of an armed group of illegal aliens that engaged in a firefight with Terry and other border patrol agents, during which Terry was fatally shot. Investigators say Osorio-Arellanes was taken into custody after also being wounded in the exchange.

In addition to facing felony immigration charges, Osorio-Arellanes is charged with conspiracy to assault a federal officer; use and carrying a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence; possession of a firearm by a prohibited person; possession of firearm by a prohibited person and re-entry after deportation.

Investigators believe another member of the group fired the fatal shot, and the shooter along with other members of the group is being sought by authorities.

Trial of Osorio-Arellanes is scheduled to begin on June 17.

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Border Patrol Agent Shot, Killed Near U.S. Mexico Border

Photo Courtesy - John Moore/Getty Images(RIO RICO, Ariz.) -- A border patrol agent was shot and killed late Tuesday in an area 15 miles north of the U.S. border with Mexico, authorities said.

Agent Brian Terry was on patrol when he encountered a group of suspects in the Peck Canyon area near Rio Rico, Ariz., before he was shot, according to a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Officials detained four suspects and are still pursuing a fifth. Border patrol agents and local law enforcement officers have been fanning out across the area with K9 teams to track down the suspect.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Terry family for their tragic loss," said CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin. "Our commitment to Agent Terry and his family is that we will do everything possible to bring to justice those responsible for this despicable act."

It is unclear whether the suspects were believed to be illegal immigrants or engaged in illicit trafficking or smuggling.

The FBI and Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office are leading the investigation into Terry's death.

The Arizona National Guard, which presently has 560 troops dispersed along the border to support the Border Patrol, said its members were not involved with the incident.

Terry's murder is the first death of a border patrol agent in the line of duty since July 2009, when Agent Robert Rosas was killed on patrol along the border in southern California. 

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