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Latino Daily News

Tuesday March 1, 2011

Border Agent Killed Last Month Was Shot With Gun From U.S.

Border Agent Killed Last Month Was Shot With Gun From U.S.

Photo: Slain ICE Agent Jaime Zapata

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It has been confirmed that the gun used to kill a U.S. border agent last month came from Texas.

On February 15th, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata was shot at a roadblock in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi. Another agent, Victor Avila was injured as well.

Federal investigators say the gun that killed Zapata was traced back to a Dallas-area man. U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) spokesman Tom Crowley is referring any questions regarding the investigation to the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C.

ATF agents arrested the man linked to the gun as well as two other suspected gun smugglers in Monday raids in a southern Dallas suburb known as Lancaster.

At the time of the Lancaster raids, is was reported that in Mexico, a regional boss for the Zetas drug cartel was captured. Sergio Antonio Mora is accused of slaying another U.S. immigration agent. It is unclear whether the he was involved in the February 15th shooting as well.