WASHINGTON (October 2, 2012)--A U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another was wounded in a shooting near the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday.
The agents were shot while patrolling in Naco, Ariz., at around 12:50 a.m. CST Tuesday, according to the Border Patrol.
The wounded agent, who was shot in the ankle and buttocks, was airlifted to a hospital, Homeland Security said.
Authorities didn’t immediately identify the agents who were assigned to the Naco, Ariz., station about 100 miles southeast of Tucson.
The last U.S. Border Patrol agent shot to death on duty was Brian Terry, who was killed in a shootout with Mexican bandits near the border in December 2010.
The shooting was later linked to the Fast and Furious gun smuggling operation.
The border patrol station in Naco was recently named after Terry.