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Border Patrol Agent and former US Marine Brian Terry was killed because the so-called US government issued him a gun that only shot beanbags. His killer had an AK47

November 23, 2012

11/21/12, 5 Mexicans ‘patrolling’ when border agent killed,” “U.S. officers were hunted, unsealed indictment states,” Washington Times, Jerry Seper

A Mexican national who pleaded guilty in the fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose 2010 death led to a congressional probe of the botched “Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation — was part of a group of five Mexicans armed with semiautomatic assault rifles who were “patrolling” north of the U.S.-Mexico border with the intent to “intentionally and forcibly assault” U.S. border agents.

The intent of the five Mexicans is outlined in a previously sealed federal indictment describing the killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry, who was gunned down Dec. 14, 2010, in the rugged desert area of Peck Canyon north of Nogales, Ariz.

The indictment said the Mexicans were hunting for border agents near a desert watering hole known as Mesquite Seep just north of the Arizona-Mexico border when a firefight erupted shortly before midnight and Terry was killed. At least two of the Mexicans carried their assault rifles “at the ready position,” one of several details about the attack showing that Mexican smugglers are becoming more aggressive on the U.S. side of the border.

According to the indictment, the Mexicans were “patrolling the area in single-file formation” a dozen miles northwest of the border and opened fire on four Border Patrol agents after the agents had identified themselves in Spanish as police officers.

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes pleaded guilty in the killing on Oct. 30, admitting in court he was part of a “rip-off” crew that sought to rob marijuana smugglers. He was wounded during the gunfight and has been held in custody since the shooting. He told prosecutors that while he raised his weapon at the agents, he did not shoot any of them.

His sentencing is scheduled Jan. 11 before U.S. District Judge David Bury in Arizona. Prosecutors have agreed not to seek the death penalty, but Osorio-Arellanes faces life in prison for the first-degree murder conviction.

Two AK-47 assault rifles found at the scene of the killing came from the failed Fast and Furious operation.

An affidavit in the case by FBI agent Scott Hunter said when the Mexicans did not drop their weapons as ordered, two agents used their shotguns to fire “less than lethal” beanbags at them. At least one of the Mexicans opened fire and, according to the affidavit, Terry, a 40-year-old former U.S. Marine, was shot in the back.”…via Michael Savage

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Ed. note: The article didn’t say when the indictment was unsealed. It appears to have been unsealed in July 2012.

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