Four suspects have been apprehended in connection with the Tuesday evening shooting death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The agent had been fatally wounded while trying to catch bandits who target illegal immigrants, the local news reports.
Agent Brian A. Terry, 40, was on patrol in southern Arizona when National Border Patrol Council President T.J. Bonner says he and three other agents engaged in a gun battle with the bandits. The FBI has been working to track down the suspects and currently have four in custody and are searching for a fifth.
"[Terry's death] is a stark reminder of the very real dangers our men and women on the front lines confront every day as they protect our communities and the American people," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday afternoon. Napolitano reportedly plans to be in Arizona on Thursday and Friday to meet with Border Patrol agents in Nogales and Tucson.
In addition, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer added though America "needed no reminder" of the increasing dangers along the nation's southern border, "this tragedy serves as stark notice that the threats facing all who serve in protecting our state and nation are real..."
"This is a sign that the politicians and bureaucrats are overly optimistic in their assessment that the borders are more secure now than at any point in our history. It showed just the opposite," Bonner said.
Prior to his service defending America's southern border, Terry served in the military and as a police officer in Michigan.