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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Border Patrol agent killed in southern Arizona

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot and killed north of the Arizona-Mexico border while trying to catch bandits who target illegal immigrants, the leader of a union representing agents said Wednesday.

Agent Brian A. Terry, 40, was waiting with three other agents in a remote area north of Nogales late Tuesday night when a gun battle with the bandits began, said National Border Patrol Council President T.J. Bonner. No other agents were injured, but one of the suspects was wounded in the shootout.

The FBI is investigating the shooting. Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Eric Cantu and FBI spokeswoman Brenda Lee Nath declined to confirm Bonner's account, but said that authorities have four suspects in custody and were searching for a fifth.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Terry family for their tragic loss,” said Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Alan Bersin, according to KVOA-TV. “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.”

Terry had served in the military and was a Border Patrol agent for about three years. He died early Wednesday. (Continues here)

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