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Judge In Fast And Furious Civil Lawsuit Dismisses Federal Employees From Case

FILE:  Undated photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry. Terry was fatally shot north of the Arizona-Mexico border while trying to catch bandits who target illegal immigrants in December, 2010.

FILE: Undated photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry. Terry was fatally shot north of the Arizona-Mexico border while trying to catch bandits who target illegal immigrants in December, 2010.  (AP/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

A judge has dismissed federal employees from a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a slain Border Patrol agent over the botched "Fast and Furious" gun operation.

Agent Brian Terry was killed in a 2010 firefight near the Arizona-Mexico border between U.S. agents and five men who had sneaked into the country to rob marijuana smugglers.

The now-heavily scrutinized operation led by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed gun-runners to buy weapons in hopes of tracking them and disrupting Mexican smuggling rings. At least one of the guns was found at the scene of Terry's shooting.

Last week, a federal judge dismissed a prosecutor and six ATF agents from the family's lawsuit, noting congressionally mandated remedies already are in place.

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