A Border Patrol agent was shot and killed around 11 PM, near Rio Rico, Arizona, while attempting to apprehend a group of armed subjects.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) named the deceased as Brian A. Terry, an agent based out of the Nogales Border Patrol Station, which is responsible for covering 32 miles of International Border, and is just ten miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.
Four of the suspects are in custody and the search continues for a fifth. Officials are urging anyone having seen any suspicious activity to report it immediately.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Terry family for their tragic loss,” Commissioner Alan Bersin of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said in a statement. “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 investigation is being led by the FBI and Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.
Just yesterday, under heavy guard, Mexico’s president Felipe Calderon inaugurated a new border bridge from Mexico’s Rio Bravo to Donna, Texas.