Update: Statement from House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa: “This shooting is a tragic reminder of the dangers the brave men and women who guard our borders face every day. Just last month, I attended a ceremony with agents based at the Bisbee station, naming it in honor of their fallen colleague, Brian Terry. My prayers are with the family of the agent who lost his life today and his wounded colleague. Authorities must investigate the full circumstances of this shooting. I urge everyone to think of the families of these agents and avoid drawing conclusions before relevant facts are known.”
Fox News this morning:
Two U.S. Border Patrol agents were shot, one fatally, Tuesday morning in an area in south Arizona known as a major drug-smuggling corridor, authorities said.
The identities of the agents were not immediately released, but the shooting occurred at the Brian Terry Station near Naco, Ariz., which is just south of Tucson. The station was named after an agent who was killed in the line of duty in December 2010. The area is considered a remote part of the state and sources tell Fox News that the shooting occurred about 8 miles from the border.
The injured agent was airlifted to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.
The Border Patrol station in question was named after slain Agent Brian Terry, whose murder brought the Obama Administration’s deadly Operation Fast and Furious to a screeching halt, because weapons deliberately ”walked” across the border by ATF agents were recovered from the scene. At the present time, there is no indication that the weapons used in this new attack came from Operation Fast and Furious.
Terry wasn’t the only U.S. law enforcement agent killed by weapons Eric Holder’s Justice Department lost track of. The big Univision report on Fast and Furious confirmed something that serious students of the scandal (i.e. not mainstream media reporters) have long suspected: Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata was killed with a “walked” gun in February 2011. The Zapata murder weapon was “not from Arizona and Fast and Furious,” but came from “a very similar operation,” according to court testimony from Zapata’s sister.
The leading congressional investigators of Fast and Furious, Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), have asked the Inspector General of the Justice Department to investigate Zapata’s murder.