A late-night shootout between Border Patrol agents and gunmen in Arizona near the Mexican border left one agent dead and four of the gunmen in custody, and authorities said they were searching today for one man who got away.
“There was suspected bandit activity going on, and the Border Patrol sent a team of highly trained agents in to try to apprehend the perpetrators,” T. J. Bonner of the National Border Patrol Council, the agents’ union, was quoted in the local media.
Killed in the crossfire was Brian A. Terry, 40, who had previous military training and was a member of the Border Patrol’s tactical unit.
One of the four suspects under arrest was wounded. Ranchers in the Rio Rico area were informed this morning that a fifth suspect, described as potentially dangerous, was on the loose.
Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on the Death of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry:
"The fatal shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry last night is an unconscionable act of violence against the men and women of the Border Patrol and all those who serve and defend our country.
Agent Terry was killed in the line of duty while confronting several suspects near Rio Rico, Ariz. It is a stark reminder of the very real dangers our men and women on the frontlines confront every day as they protect our communities and the American people.
We are working with other federal, state and local authorities to ensure those responsible for this horrendous act are held responsible. We will leave no stone unturned as we seek justice for the perpetrators.
I want to extend my deepest condolences to Agent Terry's family at this difficult time. We will honor his memory by remaining resolute and committed to the serious task of securing our nation's borders. I ask that all of us keep Agent Terry and his family in our prayers."