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Family issues statement after arrest of suspect in agent Terry's death

Brian Terry (Source: U.S. Border Patrol) Brian Terry (Source: U.S. Border Patrol)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The family of Brian Terry, the Border Patrol agent shot to death in 2010, has released a statement in reaction to news of the arrest of the man suspected of the slaying.

Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes was arrested Wednesday in Mexico.

Terry's cousin, Robert Heyer, issued the following statement:

“We are very grateful that law enforcement on both sides of the border continues to seek out those responsible for Brian’s death. With the arrest of Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes only one other suspect remains at large. We are hopeful and confident that he will be brought to justice as well.

“The mistakes of the past can’t be erased. We as citizens must constantly hold our government accountable for their actions. Operation Fast and Furious was a clear example of the Department of Justice at its worst. I hope never to see that level of arrogance and incompetence in our government ever again.”

Terry's death sparked outrage when it was revealed the guns used in the shooting were supplied by the United States government.

The incident exposed the "Fast and Furious" operation, in which federal agents allowed criminals to buy weapons. The plan was to track the firearms into Mexico, but instead, the agents lost track of most of them.

Two of those weapons were found at the site of the gun battle that left Terry dead.

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