Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – Border Patrol U.S. Government End of Watch: Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry
United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – Border Patrol
U.S. Government

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 40
Tour of Duty: 3 years, 5 months
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Incident Location: Arizona
Weapon Used: Rifle; AK-47
Suspect Info: One at large

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot and killed near Rio Rico, Arizona, while attempting to apprehend a group of armed subjects. The suspects had been preying on illegal immigrants with the intent to rob them.
Agent Terry and several other agents were attempting to arrest the group when shots were exchanged between the suspects and agents. Agent Terry was reportedly struck in the back by rounds fired by a suspect armed with an AK-47.
Agent Terry was flown to a hospital where he succumbed to his wounds early the following morning.
Four members of the group were taken into custody and at least one suspect remains at large.
Agent Terry was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the United States Border Patrol for 3.5 years. He is survived by his parents, brother, and two sisters.

Agency Contact Information
United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – Border Patrol
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Room 6.5E
Washington, DC 20229
Phone: (202) 344-3532
Please contact the United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – Border Patrol for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

New American

Four people have been arrested in connection with the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent who died this morning after a late-night shootout close to the Mexican border, officials said. At least one other suspect was still on the loose.

The agent, 40-year-old Brian Terry, died this morning in a Tucson hospital after being shot last night. According to various reports, he was trying to catch “bandits” who target illegal immigrants crossing the border. Terry is reportedly the 111th Border Patrol agent to be killed in the line of duty since 1919.
Shortly after the agent was pronounced dead, his union, Local 2544 of the National Border Patrol Council, released a stinging statement on its website condemning the U.S government.
“This is one more example of the sacrifices made by front-line agents, and it’s a major reason we are continually outraged by activists and self-serving politicians in Washington DC who sell us out with incessant talk about ‘amnesty’ for illegal aliens,” the union said. “While they play games, our country continues to be invaded and Border Patrol agents continue to pay the price. Please don’t let Agent Terry’s death be in vain.” The union urged supporters to contact their elected officials.
A flurry of politicians, union officials, and government spokespeople also condemned the killing and offered various comments. “This is a sign that the politicians and bureaucrats are overly optimistic in their assessment that the borders are more secure now than at any point in our history. It showed just the opposite,” said T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council.
Homeland Security boss Janet Napolitano, who oversees the Border Patrol, released a statement calling the killing “an unconscionable act of violence against the men and women of the Border Patrol and all those who serve and defend our country.” She said it was “a stark reminder of the very real dangers our men and women on the frontlines confront every day as they protect our communities and the American people.”
In another statement, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin vowed to prosecute those responsible. “Our commitment to Agent Terry and his family is that we will do everything possible to bring to justice those responsible for this despicable act,” he promised. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Terry family for their tragic loss.”
The incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee took the opportunity to lambaste the President’s policies, and by extension, the Department of Homeland Security. “The Obama administration’s lax enforcement of immigration laws, coupled with calls for mass amnesty, only encourage more illegal immigration,” Texas Republican Lamar Smith said in a statement after hearing of the agent’s death. “Our border remains porous and the Obama administration has done nothing to stop the steady flow of human and drug smuggling from Mexico.”
Civilian groups also condemned the attack and thanked the deceased agent for his service. “Each day a special group of men and women put their lives on the line for the safety and security of this country. The agents of the United States Border Patrol are normally rancher’s first responders and usually the only law enforcement on our ranches across the Southern Arizona Border,” the Arizona Cattlemen’s Association said in a statement to a local news agency. “Today we are deeply saddened by the loss of Agent Brian Terry, a patrol officer from the Nogales Border Patrol Station. We are thankful for his dedicated service to protecting the United States of America.”
Countless other elected representatives and officials also released statements offering similar comments and condolences. A memorial page has already been set up on the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Agent Terry, who also served in the military and was a Border Patrol agent for several years, is survived by his parents and siblings. He was working with a specialized unit that deals with particularly dangerous situations.
The fatal shootout happened about 10 miles north of the border near Rio Rico, a known hotspot for human traffickers and other criminals. Agent Terry was shot while trying to apprehend a group of heavily armed suspects who were reportedly preying on illegal immigrants trying to get across the border.
Details on exactly what happened remain murky so far, but a probe is ongoing. A manhunt is also underway to apprehend a fifth suspect who managed to flee. News reports speculated that the fugitive could be heading back across the border, where U.S. agents would no longer have jurisdiction.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s office will also be participating in the investigation, and more details are expected in the coming days.

UPDATE: The family shares a few moments with viewers

UPDATE 2: Memorial Funeral



4 Responses to “Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – Border Patrol U.S. Government End of Watch: Wednesday, December 15, 2010”

  1. 1 CW December 16, 2010 at 08:58

    Along with most Americans I feel deeply sorry for Agent Terry’s family, friends and fellow officers on their loss. I simply cannot understand Obama, Napolitano and their Progressive mobs motives on their refusal to protect our borders, American citizens and the sovereignty of our nation. Not only their refusal but their heading a lawsuit followed by several foreign (some Communist, Dictatorial and anti American)countries against Arizona. Somehow we’ve got to get over the greed and selfish attitudes we carry and VOTE THESE PROGRESSIVE (DEMOCRAT/RINO) people out and get back to basics. This is a wonderful country, full of wonderful people. Let’s protect it. God Bless.

  2. 2 Lilly Wells December 16, 2010 at 11:18

    On December 14th,2010 I went to my fathers grave as that is when he died on December 14th , 1992. He was military police for two years a long time ago in El Paso Texas.I asked for a sign from him when I left the cemetery. I heard three shots that were loud as a 44 magnum. My friend said that was a 21 gun salute. I pray justice will be served for Brian Terry who is a US marine and also protected our borders. If the US Govt. cared about our borders, we would all be safe. Instead , wealthy CEOs hire them, Govt. officials allow then into their homes for cheap labor. When the war spills out into the US streets, as it already has, be prepared for anarchy. The US govt is not protecting us. I love my country, but not my Government.

  3. 3 Kathy December 16, 2010 at 18:13

    As a mother who has a son that served, I can truly say that I am praying for comfort for the Terry family.

    The Agents in the Border Patrol work long hard hours, with not enough back up, and in dangerous situations.

    They do not get the credit they deserve for protecting our Nation.

    Rest in peace Agent Terry, your vigilance and hard work is done, you served your Country well…We thank you, and honor you.

  4. 4 Scott E Downer jr (@sedj4wd) June 20, 2012 at 23:37

    At What Cost does it Take when our Men that fight to Protect our Borders as well as American kids and welfare of all men get To Rest in Peace with a country to honor how he died to know it was for the good of America not for corruption with in its Government

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