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Family of slain Border Patrol agent sues officials

PHOENIX — The family of a slain Border Patrol agent has sued federal
officials over the botched “Fast and Furious” gun operation.

Agent Brian Terry was mortally wounded on Dec. 14, 2010, in a firefight north
of the Arizona-Mexico border between border agents and five men who had sneaked
into the country to rob marijuana smugglers.

Two assault rifles acquired by a straw buyer for the gun smuggling ring
targeted in the “Fast and Furious” operation were found in the aftermath of
the shootout near Nogales.

Federal authorities conducting “Fast and Furious” have faced tough criticism
for allowing suspected straw gun buyers for the ring to walk away from gun shops
in Arizona with weapons, rather than arrest them and seize weapons.

The investigation was launched in 2009 to catch trafficking kingpins, but
agents lost track of about 1,400 of the more than 2,000 weapons involved.


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