TUCSON, Ariz. – A federal official confirmed Wednesday that two additional suspects were arrested as authorities investigate the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent killed in a shootout with border bandits.
Ray Kondo, assistant chief for the U.S. Marshals Service in Tucson, told The Associated Press that a total of six people have been arrested in the probe of the shooting death of 40-year-old Agent Brian A. Terry. Four were arrested shortly after the Dec. 14 shootout about 13 miles north of the Mexican border near Nogales, and two others were arrested the following day, Kondo said.
In the days after the shooting, authorities would only confirm the arrests of four suspects. It wasn't clear why they didn't disclose the additional arrests.
The six suspects were all being held on felony immigration charges and haven't been charged in Terry's death. All have made court appearances, but authorities declined to release their identities and hometowns.
Terry was waiting with three other agents in a remote area when the gun battle with the bandits began. Bandits have long roamed border areas, robbing and sexually assaulting illegal immigrants as they cross into the country.
FBI spokesman Manuel Johnson, whose agency is investigating Terry's death, and Manny Tarango, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, declined to comment on the number of suspects arrested and whether criminal charges would be filed.
One of the six suspects was shot in the incident, and he was released from the hospital and had a court appearance Tuesday.
A public memorial service for Terry is scheduled Jan. 21 at Kino Stadium in Tucson.