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- Border Agent Killed In Shootout With 'Bandits'
Bandits Target Illegal Immigrants, Says Border Agents Union
Steve Stout, KPHO.com
POSTED: 7:19 am MST December 15, 2010
UPDATED: 5:49 pm MST December 15, 2010
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NOGALES, Ariz. -- A U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed during an exchange
of gunfire between agents and several armed individuals near the
Arizona-Mexico border Tuesday night.
The head of a Border Patrol agents' union said agent Brian A. Terry was
shot to death north of the Arizona-Mexico border while trying to catch
"bandits" who target illegal immigrants.
National Border Patrol Council President T.J. Bonner said Terry was
waiting with three other agents in a remote area north of Nogales late last night
when a gun battle with the bandits ensued. No other agents were injured,
but one of the suspects was wounded in the shootout.
The Border Patrol said that Manuel Arianes, a.k.a. Manuel Arellanes
Osorio, was wounded in the gunfight.
Arianes, 34, and a Mexican national, was convicted in Maricopa County
Superior Court in 2006 for aggravated assault on a police officer, and had been
deported to Mexico twice, according to sources familiar with his case.
Border Patrol spokesman Eric Cantu and FBI spokeswoman Brenda Lee Nath
declined to confirm Bonner's account, but said authorities have four suspects
in custody and are searching for a fifth.
FBI Special Agent Manuel J. Johnson confirmed authorities were still
searching for a fifth suspect.
Johnson said Terry died shortly after he was shot about 11:15 p.m. in a
remote and rugged area near Rio Rico, just north of Nogales.
No names of those in custody were available, Johnson said.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Terry family for their tragic
loss," said U.S. Customs and Border Protection 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"
The FBI is leading the investigation with cooperation of the Santa Cruz
County Sheriff's Office, according to CBP.
"Today we are deeply saddened by the loss of Agent Brian Terry, a patrol
officer from the Nogales Border Patrol Station," the Arizona Cattleman's
Association said in a news release. "We are thankful for his dedicated service
to protecting the United States of America."
U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said, "This event is yet another reminder
of the dangers the men and women of the Border Patrol face every day as
they put their lives on the line to protect the American people.
"The increased violence in the border region demands that Congress provide
the necessary resources and personnel to ensure the safety of all
Americans, especially border patrol agents stationed on the border, and fulfill the
Federal government's responsibility to secure our border," McCain said.
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