Senator Chuck Grassley released the following statement after press reports said a U.S. Border Patrol Agent was killed near the Brian Terry Border Patrol Station along the Southwest Border. Grassley has asked for additional information from Customs and Border Protection. He began investigating the gunwalking program known as Operation Fast and Furious in January 2011. Two guns at the murder scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry were linked to Operation Fast and Furious, which has been admonished by both an ongoing congressional investigation and the Department of Justice Inspector General.
“Border patrol agents put their lives on the line every day to stop the border crossers and drug cartel members who venture illegally into the United States. There’s no way to know at this point how the agent was killed, but because of Operation Fast and Furious, we’ll wonder for years if the guns used in any killing along the border were part of an ill-advised gunwalking strategy sanctioned by the federal government. It’s a sad commentary. We all mourn for the Border Patrol agent who was killed near the border station named after another fallen hero and fellow agent, Brian Terry.”