This past Friday marked the two-year anniversary of the murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry who was killed in a gunfight with Mexican drug cartel members on the Arizona border. The Associated Press reported Agent Terry’s family filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit Thursday against supervisors and agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The lawsuit also named a federal prosecutor who originally worked on the case and the owner of the gun shop who sold two of the weapons found at the crime scene.
The investigation into Terry’s death revealed that the guns used during the firefight were part of the botched ATF gun-walking case known as Operation Fast & Furious. “The ‘Fast and Furious’ operation was launched in 2009 to catch trafficking kingpins, but agents lost track of about 1,400 of the more than 2,000 weapons involved,” AP reported.
According to the AP, the lawsuit alleges federal officials should have known that allowing the guns to leave gun shops in the hands of suspected gun smugglers posed a risk to law enforcement agents, especially those who worked on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The family alleges the ATF officials and federal prosecutor created a risk to law enforcement officers such as Terry, and that the firearms agents should have known their actions would lead to injuries and deaths to civilians and police officers in America and Mexico.
The family also alleged that firearms agents and the prosecutor sought to cover up the link between Terry’s death and the botched “Fast and Furious” investigation.
So far, no one from ATF has commented on the lawsuit that seeks damages of $25 million.
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