Tucson Sector U.S. Border Patrol Agent Killed in Line of Duty

Press Releases from US Customs and Border Protection December 15, 2010

Brian Terry

 

Update on U.S. Border Patrol Agent Killed in Line of Duty­­

TUCSON, Ariz. Last night, Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry was shot and killed after he encountered several suspects near Rio Rico, Ariz. At least four suspects are in custody while one is still being pursued. Agent Terry’s murder is a tragic reminder of the ever-present dangers U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, Air & Marine officers and Border Patrol agents face as they protect our Nation’s borders.

Agent Terry was a native of Detroit, Michigan, and is survived by his parents, a brother and two sisters. He was 40 years old.

Agent Terry was held in the highest esteem by his peers and served more than three years in the United States Border Patrol. As a section leader in the Border Patrol Academy, he exemplified the qualities of a Border Patrol Agent.

Agent Terry had a proud history of serving his country as he also served three years in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1994.

The incident investigation is being led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.

U.S Customs and Border Protection will continue to be resolute in our commitment to securing our Nation’s borders while remembering all of the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Authorities urge anyone who sees anything suspicious in the area to report it immediately to our toll free number 1-877-872-7435.  All calls will be answered and will remain anonymous. 

Tucson Sector U.S. Border Patrol Agent Killed in Line of Duty

TUCSON, Ariz. – Last night, Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry was shot and killed after he encountered several suspects near Rio Rico, Ariz. At least four suspects are in custody while one is still being pursued. Agent Terry’s murder is a tragic reminder of the ever-present dangers U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, Air & Marine and Border Patrol agents face as they protect our nation’s borders.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Terry family for their tragic loss,” said CBP 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 incident investigation is being led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. More information will be made available as appropriate.

U.S Customs and Border Protection will continue to be resolute in our commitment to securing our Nation’s borders while remembering all of the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Authorities urge anyone who sees anything suspicious in the area to report it immediately to our toll free number 1-877-872-7435. All call will be answered and will remain anonymous.

~CBP~

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

More on this breaking story from the Nogales International and the Arizona Republic,

COMMENT: This was inevitable given the rising amount of violence along our border. We have heavily armed drug cartel guys and guards for immigrant smuggling groups running around the area. We also have armed bandits preying on undocumented immigrants crossing looking for work. It is a war zone out there.

It is a very sad moment for the Border Patrol and all law enforcement people who put themselves in harms way to protect the rest of us.

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About Hugh Holub

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