Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, who was shot and killed on December 14, 2010, had been stalked along with other Border Patrol agents by an armed group of illegal aliens northwest of Nogales, Arizona. The illegals, carrying AK-47 rifles, had been specifically searching for Border Patrol agents with the goal to “intentionally and forcibly assault” them. When the agents spotted the illegals and ordered them to drop their weapons, they failed to comply. The agents then fired shotgun beanbag rounds, and the illegals returned fire with their rifles. Brian Terry was shot in the back and died at the scene. Two of the rifles found at the scene were determined to be from the ATF’s failed Operation Fast and Furious.
The Border Patrol agents then fired at the illegals, hitting one and taking him into custody. The other illegals fled the area. The illegal in custody, Manuel Osorio-Arrellanes, 33, is a felon convicted of aggravated assault in Phoenix in 2006. He had been deported to Mexico several times and detained at least twice in 2010. The information in this story comes from a second-degree murder indictment against Arrellanes. The indictment is now sealed, as is the judge’s reason for sealing it. I suppose it’s unnecessary to point out that there’s a Presidential election coming up, and the details of this case would not be good publicity for the current occupant of the White House.
Remember Brian Terry and how he died, but also remember the failed US policies that led to his death. The full story of how and why he died is here.