Tuesday, October 2, 2012



Note: Still trying to get and confirm details. If the ambush
occurred where we believe, it only takes about 10 to 20 minutes to
get back across the border. A big "if" is if that is the direction
they went.

LIVE STREAM: Border Patrol press conference
Posted: Oct 02, 2012 11:33 AM MST
Updated: Oct 02, 2012 11:33 AM MST
By John Ames - bio | email

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - (KOLD)
The Border Patrol is planning a press conference soon regarding the
shooting which killed one of its agents and injured another. The
press conference is loosely scheduled any time between now and noon.

Tucson News Now has a crew at the scene and will live stream the
press conference at tucsonnewsnow.com.

More from KOLD

Border Patrol agent shot, killed on patrol in Ariz
Posted: Oct 2, 2012 11:08 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Oct 2, 2012 11:11 AM

BISBEE, Ariz. (AP) - A Border Patrol agent was shot to death Tuesday
in Arizona near the U.S.-Mexico line, the first fatal shooting of an
agent since a deadly 2010 firefight with Mexican bandits that spawned
congressional probes of a botched government gun-smuggling

The agent and a colleague were on patrol in the desert near Naco,
Ariz., about 100 miles from Tucson, when shooting broke out shortly
before 2 a.m., the Border Patrol said. The second agent was shot in
the ankle and buttocks, and was airlifted to a hospital.

Authorities have not identified the agents, nor did they say whether
any weapons were seized at the site of the shooting.

The last Border Patrol agent fatally shot on duty was Brian Terry,
who died in a shootout with bandits near the border in December 2010.
The Border Patrol station in Naco, where the two agents shot Tuesday
were stationed, was recently named after Terry.

Terry's shooting was later linked to the government's Fast and
Furious gun-smuggling operation, which allowed people suspected of
illegally buying guns for others to walk away from gun shops with
weapons, rather than be arrested.

Authorities intended to track the guns into Mexico. Two rifles found
at the scene of Terry's shooting were bought by a member of the gun-
smuggling ring being investigated.

Critics of the operation say any shooting along the border now will
raise the specter those illegal weapons are still being used in
border violence.

"There's no way to know at this point how the agent was killed, but
because of Operation Fast and Furious, we'll wonder for years if the
guns used in any killing along the border were part of an ill-advised
gun-walking strategy," Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said in a
written statement.

The FBI, which also is investigating the shooting, declined to say
whether investigators have recovered guns or bullet casings at the
scene of the shooting.

The U.S. government has put thousands of sensors along the border
that, when tripped, alert dispatchers that they should send agents to
a given area.

The shooting occurred after an alarm was triggered on one of the many
sensors along the border and the three agents went to investigate,
said Cochise County Sheriff's spokeswoman Carol Capas. It is not
known whether the agents returned fire, Capas said.

The agents who were shot were on patrol with a third agent, who was
not harmed, according to George McCubbin, president of the National
Border Patrol Council, a union representing about 17,000 border
patrol agents. The wounded agent was in surgery and expected to
recover, McCubbin said.

Twenty-six Border Patrol agents have died in the line of duty since

Pictured: A aerial view of the scene of the shooting, courtesy KPNX
News 12 in Phoenix

Shooting near Naco leaves one Border Patrol agent dead, one injured
Web Producer: Mekita Rivas

NACO, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - One Border Patrol agent has died and another
has non-life threatening injuries following a Tuesday morning
shooting near Naco.

Carol Capas with the Cochise County Sheriff's Office told KGUN9 that
three Border Patrol agents were walking up a trail when the gunfire
occurred. One agent was killed, one was injured and another was left

They were in the area investigating a sensor that was triggered
indicating something was moving across the area. The shooting
occurred off of Highway 80, seven miles east of Bisbee.

"We don't have any information as far as the suspects go at this
time," Capas said.

The FBI will be conducting a parallel investigation alongside the
Cochise County Sheriff's Office.

"It will be a cooperative effort," Capas said.

The agents were assigned to the Brian Terry Station in the Tucson
Sector. The injured agent was airlifted to a hospital, according to
Brent Cagen, a Border Patrol spokesman.

Names of the agents are being withheld until next of kin are notified.

In a news statement, Jennifer Giannola, a Public Affairs Specialist
with the FBI Phoenix Division, said:

"The FBI and the Cochise County Sheriff's Office are conducting a
joint investigation into the shooting of Border Patrol agents near
Naco, Arizona, on Tuesday, October 2, in the early morning hours. One
agent died from his injuries and another, who sustained non-life
threatening wounds, was airlifted to a local hospital. The
investigation remains on-going."

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, a member of the Homeland Security Committee,
released the following statement:

"Today, for the second time in less than two years, a Border Patrol
agent was murdered in the line of duty as he patrolled the Southern
Arizona desert.

This is a powerful reminder that our borders are far from secure and
that every day the courageous men and women of the Border Patrol put
their lives on the line while protecting the citizens of Arizona and
the United States.

It is especially tragic that the agent who was killed today worked at
a station named in honor of Brian A. Terry, a Border Patrol agent
slain in the line of duty in December 2010. I was honored to help
dedicate the station in Brian Terry's name two weeks ago and today I
am deeply pained that we now mourn the death of another agent from
that same station.

We need to redouble our efforts to secure the border and ensure the
safety of Border Patrol agents. We cannot cede one foot of American
soil to these cross-border bandits. And we must never forget that the
men and women of the Border Patrol are on the front lines defending
our country.

This morning I spoke to Border Patrol leaders for the Tucson Sector
to offer my condolences to the men and women of the Border Patrol. My
thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of
the agent who today made the ultimate sacrifice for his country."

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said in a statement:

"The news today that a U.S. Border Patrol Agent was killed and one of
his partners hurt in a border enforcement action near Naco, Arizona
is another tragic reminder of the extreme conditions on this portion
of the U.S. – Mexico border.

Every day, hundreds of brave men and women don a uniform and put
their lives on the line to protect American citizens, and the agent
in this terrible incident offered the ultimate sacrifice in the
course of duty.

I offer my deep condolences to the family of the slain agent as well
as best wishes for the swift and full recovery of the agent who was
wounded. And I am grateful to all the selflessly dedicated men and
women of the Border Patrol who so willingly place themselves in
harm's way so that our nation can be secure."

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell released this statement:

"I am incredibly saddened by the shooting of two Border Patrol agents
this morning. My thoughts and prayers go out to them, their families
and all those who serve with them. This tragedy is a stark reminder
of the dangers Border Patrol agents face and the sacrifices they make
to protect our country. I would like to thank them for their service
and dedication."

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