Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Statements by AZ Elected Officials on the Shooting of U.S. Border Patrol Agent


Statement by Governor Jan Brewer

Border Shooting Leaves Arizona in Mourning

“Arizona has lost another Border Patrol agent.

“In the dark hours before daybreak, one agent was killed and another injured while on-duty along Arizona’s southern border. It is believed they were responding to an alerted ground sensor in a remote area near Bisbee, a short distance north of the border. In a tragic coincidence, these agents were assigned to Brian Terry Station – newly-dedicated and named for a U.S. Border Patrol agent murdered under similar circumstances in Arizona less than two years ago.

“More recently, in May 2011, we lost two more agents – Eduardo Rojas, Jr. and Hector Clark – when they were killed in a vehicle accident while pursuing suspected drug smugglers near Gila Bend.

“What happens next has become all-too-familiar in Arizona. Flags will be lowered in honor of the slain agent. Elected officials will vow to find those responsible. Arizonans and Americans will grieve, and they should. But this ought not only be a day of tears. There should be anger, too. Righteous anger – at the kind of evil that causes sorrow this deep, and at the federal failure and political stalemate that has left our border unsecured and our Border Patrol in harm’s way. Four fallen agents in less than two years is the result.

“It has been 558 days since the Obama administration declared the security of the U.S.-Mexico border ‘better now than it has ever been.’ I’ll remember that statement today.”

Mesa, Arizona – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today issued the following statement on the shooting of two border patrol agents, one who was killed and the other wounded, near the Brian Terry Station in the Tucson Sector of Border Patrol:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the agents’ families at this difficult time,” said Flake. “Violence along Arizona’s border cannot be tolerated by the federal government any longer. The federal government must commit the necessary resources to secure the border, because that’s simply not happening right now.”


Statement of Attorney General Tom Horne on the death of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent

PHOENIX (Tuesday, October 02, 2012) – Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne today released the following statement regarding the on-duty death of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent working the international border near Naco, Az.:

“The news today that a U.S. Border Patrol Agent was killed and one of his partners hurt in a border enforcement action near Naco, Arizona is another tragic reminder of the extreme conditions on this portion of the U.S. – Mexico border.

Every day, hundreds of brave men and women don a uniform and put their lives on the line to protect American citizens, and the agent in this terrible incident offered the ultimate sacrifice in the course of duty.

I offer my deep condolences to the family of the slain agent as well as best wishes for the swift and full recovery of the agent who was wounded. And I am grateful to all the selflessly dedicated men and women of the Border Patrol who so willingly place themselves in harm’s way so that our nation can be secure.”


For Immediate Release
For Immediate Release

October 2, 2012
Contact: Bruce Harvie, 520-488-5817

Martha McSally's Statement on the death of Naco Border Patrol Agent

Tucson - Today, Martha McSally released the following statement on the tragic shooting of a Border Patrol Agent in Naco, AZ.

Martha McSally:

"Southern Arizona was gravely reminded late last night of the extreme violence on our border. My deepest prayers and condolences go out to the family of the fallen hero, his fellow agents, and the community of Naco. I am heartbroken by the loss of another brave Border Patrol warrior who put his life on the line and made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and security."

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