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 at 1:50 a.m. local time and about 8 miles from the border.—
The injured agent was airlifted to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. The injured agent was shot in the ankle and buttocks, the Department of Homeland Security said.
The search for the killer is being led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office. The area is currently flooded with agents on horseback and helicopters conducting a search for the suspects.
Three horse patrol agents had responded to a sensor and were jumped by a rip crew, bandits who prey on drug and alien smugglers. The injured agent will most likely survive, though it will be a long, hard push through physical therapy, and a third was unharmed.
Seeing as how the attack took place only 8 miles from the border, the rip crew stands a good chance of having already escaped into Mexico.
I’m sure somewhere, the ATF is very, very, very worried that another of their Fast and Furious guns will turn up at the murder of a Border Patrol Agent.