Authorities continue to comb the rugged southern Arizona terrain during the manhunt for a suspect they say was involved in the deadly gunfight that claimed the life of a U.S. Border Patrol agent late Tuesday night.
“I assure you, that every effort will be extended to bring that suspect into custody,” said Richard Barlow, the Border Patrol deputy chief of the Tucson Sector
Agent Brian A. Terry was gunned down the frenzied shoot out that involved a cadre that robs illegal immigrants–vulnerable targets– as they cross the border. One of the suspects was injured during the shoot out and taken into custody, said Barlow. Three more suspects were later apprehended.
“This is a stark reminder of the realities that we face every single day,” said Barlow, who wore a black band over his yellow shield at a press conference. “There are people out there that wake up every single day with nothing else on their minds than to harm citizens of this country and our way of life.”
The FBI and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office are performing a joint investigation near Rio Rico, Ariz.
……The last fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent was on July 23, 2009, when Robert Rosas, 30, was killed by unidentified assailants while responding to suspicious activity in a known smuggling corridor near Campo, Calif., CBP officials said.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the killing is an “unconscionable act of violence,” according to a statement released Wednesday. She had planned earlier this week to visit the region on Friday, but will apparently move her trip up a day because of the shooting, the Arizona Republic reports.
Napolitano hasn’t done one damned constructive thing to enable agents or secure the border. She’s great at lip service, though. This is the same idiot who claimed that “crossing the border is not a crime per se”, even though it flies in the face of federal statutes.
While you’re down there Janet, maybe you can explain your “per se” reasoning to Agent Terry’s family.