NPR : News

Filed Under:

One Border Patrol Agent Killed, Another Shot In Arizona

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent was shot and killed this morning while on duty near Bisbee, Ariz., the Department of Homeland Security tells The Associated Press and other news outlets.

Another agent was shot and wounded, AP says.

According to KPHO-TV in Phoenix, "both agents worked out of the Brian Terry station in the Tucson sector."

That station, as ABC15 in Phoenix reminds us, was "renamed in the honor of an agent who was killed in the line of duty in December 2010." Two of the weapons found at the scene of Terry's death were traced to the "Fast and Furious" program run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The program allowed guns to go south of the border in a botched attempt to track drug cartel kingpins.

We'll update with news about today's shootings.

Update at 1 p.m. ET. Agents Were On Horseback:

According to the Arizona Republic, "three agents were on horseback about 7 miles east of Bisbee and 8 to 10 miles north of the border and responding to a ground sensor that had triggered, said George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a work union representing border agents called the National Border Patrol Council." The third agent was not injured.

McCubbin also said no suspects are yet in custody.

Update at 10:30 a.m. ET. Agents Were Investigating Movement:

KPHO-TV reports that "the agents were investigating a sensor that was triggered, indicating something that was moving across the area," according to "Carol Capas of the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, one of two investigating agencies."

Update at 9:30 a.m. ET. Other Agent's Wounds Not Life Threatening:

ABC15 now adds that Border Protection spokesman Brent Cagen says the second agent suffered "non-life threatening injuries."

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit

WAMU 88.5

Kate Mulgrew: "Born With Teeth" (Rebroadcast)

Kate Mulgrew, who stars as "Red" in the Netflix TV series "Orange Is The New Black", opens up in a new memoir about her complicated family and the baby she gave away for adoption as a young woman.


Sweet Name Of Kids' Clinic Gives Some People Heartburn

The Krispy Kreme Challenge Children's Specialty Clinic gets its name from a student-run charity race in Raleigh, N.C., that has already raised $1 million for kids. Still, some find the name unhealthy.

Reconsidering The Pilgrims, Piety And America's Founding Principles

Conservatives who want to emphasize America's Christian roots embrace the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. But some historians say their role in the country's founding is overstated.

Someday A Helicopter Drone May Fly Over Mars And Help A Rover

NASA is building a 2-pound helicopter drone that would help guide the vehicle on the Red Planet's surface. That way, the rover wouldn't need to wander as much to find its way around.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.