In the Justice Department indictment against five individuals alleged to be involved in the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s death, there’s a shocking detail. While the drug cartel was using guns walked to them by U.S. government, Terry and other agents were using gear more useful for riot control. Fox News has the details.
For the first time, federal officials also revealed that Terry and an elite squad of federal agents initially fired bean bags — not bullets — at a heavily armed drug cartel crew in the mountains south of Tucson in December 2011. During the exchange, Terry was shot and killed.
The 11-count indictment, originally handed up by a grand jury in November 2011, implicates five defendants in the killing. A sixth suspect has also been charged in a related incident.
The two men in custody are Manuel Osario Arellanes — who was wounded in the foot the night of the firefight — and his brother Rito. Rito, who was arrested two nights before the Terry shooting, allegedly helped provide weapons to the criminal gang used in the shooting. All six men named in the indictment are either related or friends.
We’re still looking for a copy of the indictment to see why these agents brought bean bags to a gun fight.