In a story that is creating a firestorm in the United States, a policy requiring U.S. Border Patrol agents to use non-lethal bean bags as an initial weapon may have led to the murder of a decorated federal agent who was viciously gunned down by a heavily armed group of illegal immigrants in Arizona.

The deadly gun battle took place on December 14, but the Department of Homeland Security has kept details from the public under the often-invoked premise that it’s an “ongoing investigation,” according to officials at Judicial Watch, a Washington-based public interest group.

This week the newspaper, the Arizona Star, obtained FBI files relating to the case and the details are sure to ignite rage among those who favor securing the increasingly violent southern border.

The murdered agent, Brian Terry, and his colleague encountered five illegal border crossers  at around 11:15 p.m. in an area known as Peck Canyon, northwest of Nogales, Arizona. The illegal aliens refused commands to drop their weapons and the two federal agents proceeded to fire beanbags, as per Border Patrol policy to use non-lethal force against illegal aliens entering the U.S.

The illegal immigrants, who were heavily armed with sophisticated assault weapons such as AK-47s, responded to the beanbags with gunfire and agent Terry was mortally wounded — shot in the back. The agents eventually returned fire but it was too late for Agent Terry.

Terry was a member of a highly trained tactical unit (Bortac) that was targeting a violent gang that robbed and assaulted other criminals such as drug runners, human traffickers and illegal aliens.

Source: Jim Kouri for Family Security Matters.

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