A U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot near Peck Canyon, a remote area outside of Rio Rico, about 10 miles north of the U.S.-Mexican border.
Agent Brian Terry, 40, was killed Tuesday in this shootout. It is believed that Terry and fellow agents were in a gun battle with bandits who prey on illegal immigrants and smugglers.
Four of the suspects are in custody, one of whom was shot and is hospitalized. A manhunt is under way for the fifth suspect.
"I assure you that every effort will be expended to bring the remaining suspect into custody," said Richard Barlow, deputy chief of the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector. "This is a stark reminder of the realities we face each and every day in protecting this border and protecting our communities. There are people who wake up each and every day with nothing on their minds but to do harm to the citizens of this country and our way of life. We will continue to stand firm in our commitment to our mission."
"Agent Terry’s dedication to his country, and the ultimate sacrifice he made to keep it safe, will not be forgotten," said U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva.