On December 14, 2010, four US Border Patrol agents were patrolling an area a few miles north of the US-Mexico border in southern Arizona. In the dark of night, they happened upon five illegal immigrants. The agents spoke Spanish when they identified themselves of law enforcements officers. Using thermal binoculars, US agents could see that at least two of the illegals were armed with rifles. When the illegals failed to drop their weapons, two of the agents fired non-lethal beanbags at the illegals to stop them. The illegals opened fire on the US agents resulting in the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
At least two of the illegals were carrying AK-47 semi-automatic rifles. When the illegals opened fired, agent Terry called out to his fellow agents that he had been hit. A moment later he said he couldn’t see his legs. Terry had been shot in the back by one of the illegals and the bullet severed his aorta. Agent Terry bled to death in a matter of moments.
After the illegals fired at the Border Patrol agents, two agents returned fire, hitting one of the illegals in the abdomen and leg. Manuel Osorio-Arellanes was captured and arrested. The other four illegals escaped into the desert darkness.
Osorio-Arellanes admitted to FBI interrogators that all five illegals had been armed as they were on the hunt for the Border Patrol agents. Records reveal that he was convicted of a felony aggravated assault in Phoenix, Arizona in 2006 plus he had been picked up twice in 2010 for being an illegal immigrant and had been returned to Mexico both times.
Less than a year later, the records surrounding the shooting of Agent Terry were ordered sealed by a judge. For the past two years, a number of us have asked why the records were sealed and what did the ATF have to hide? We already knew that the weapons used to murder Terry were part of the Fast and Furious Operation that sent thousands of weapons across the border and into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels.
AFT Agent John Dodson, who originally blew the whistle on Fast and Furious may have just answered why those record were sealed. In an interview with The Arizona Republic, Dodson said that bandits that shot Terry were actually working for the FBI.
Terry was part of an elite Border Patrol team that was sent to the Peck Canyon area because of increased violence in the area. Drug gangs were attacking the drug runners of rival drug cartels and the Border Patrol team was there to stop some of the violence and drug trafficking.
At the same time, the DEA had either coordinated or gained intelligence of a shipment of drugs through Peck Canyon on the same December night that Terry and his team were on location. Dodson says that the DEA provided information to the FBI about the drug shipment. The FBI had turned a couple of the illegal drug dealers into becoming informants. If they could steal the drug shipment from the carriers, it would help give them more credibility with the drug cartels they were informing on, so the FBI provided the information on the drug shipment to their informants. It was the FBI informants that ended up in the shootout with Agent Terry and his team.
Parts of Dodson’s account of that deadly night have been upheld by documents obtained from the Justice Department. A large part of Dodson’s account is based on first-hand information. Dodson details it all in his book, The Unarmed Truth.
I don’t know if it was planned or not but what better way to gain credibility with the drug cartels than to murder American Border Patrol Agents? It wouldn’t be the first time that law enforcement pays criminals to be informants and they commit more crimes while being paid to be informants.
If I were a member of the Terry family, I would be going after both the FBI and DEA and demanding the truth about what happened that night. If they were behind it, they need to be held accountable and punished for their part of the murder. At the least, they are guilty of being accessory to the murder of a federal law enforcement officer which could carry a life sentence in prison. Both the FBI and DEA also need to pay the Terry family a small fortune for their part in his murder.