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Border agent’s family appeals ruling in Fast and Furious lawsuit

PHOENIX — The family of a Border Patrol agent who died in a 2010 firefight
near the Arizona-Mexico border is appealing a ruling that dismissed federal
employees from the family’s lawsuit over the botched Fast and Furious
gun-smuggling investigation.

A judge in November dismissed a prosecutor and six Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives employees from the lawsuit by Agent Brian Terry’s family.

Terry was killed in a firefight with armed men who had sneaked into the country
to rob marijuana smugglers.

His death revealed the Fast and Furious investigation.

Two rifles bought by a gun-smuggling ring that was being monitored through the
investigation were found at the shooting scene.

Authorities faced criticism for allowing suspected straw gun buyers to walk
away with weapons, rather than arrest suspects and seize guns there.

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