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I've got breaking news this morning as two US Border Patrol agents are shot in Arizona one of them was murdered.
They -- our starting right now America's Newsroom I'm Martha MacCallum.
And -- Bill Hemmer good morning this agent was killed another wounded near the town of narco just north of the border.
And while little else is known about the shooting we do know it and folded near -- Border Patrol station that was just name.
For their fallen colleague agent Brian Terry.
-- much -- -- is live in Los Angeles so what else do we know this morning William about the shooting.
-- Martha not cause a very small to quiet border town 80000 people mostly ranchers about a hundred miles southeast of Tucson but because of its proximity to major highways state route 89 -- it's going to worth.
And interstate ten which goes east and west it's a very active drug smuggling core door.
Those basically moving drugs -- cocaine and marijuana but increasingly methamphetamine and heroin.
And those trying to steal those struggles those are known as recruits so the Border Patrol substation has increased from a hundred.
Agents in just the last several years to combat this threat.
Early this morning to weigh on three agents were out patrolling one was shot fatally another was airlifted to a nearby hospital would not threatening.
Shots to his leg into his hip.
And a third was not hit.
Now there are several types of agents in this area.
Number -- you've got the guys based controlling their suvs when they see or alerted to a group of illegals -- drug smugglers by sensors or cameras they'll get out and attempt to interdict that on foot.
Then yeah those vortex tactical units who -- are dropped in by helicopter.
An alien lay -- for several nights and then they try to basically interdict these the smuggling groups -- -- cruise.
And then finally you have those on horseback -- we are told that these agents.
Were on horseback patrolling.
About again to lay down.
And that is when the activity really picks up the temperatures drop.
Basically between 85 and 55 degrees it's not as hot as it used to be.
And also it's night time and that's when this is most active.
Places like not -- Douglas and -- -- Dallas so these guys on horseback they're typically they have a side arm sales have a rifle.
We don't know any more details at this time -- -- is a sad irony.
That these agents were based out of the state the station that you just showed us the other day in your report.
In knock -- that was named for Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
We were there two weeks ago -- -- is again it's a brand new border station in -- Brian Terry this area and not go is not far from where Brian and his sport tech crew.
Had set up on a rip crew they announced their presents and were shot at the weapons found there of course belong to the US run operation fast and furious I can tell you now from people I spoke to already this morning.
They are sick to death and worried that once again that the weapons used -- fact if found.
We'll Trace back to that operation.
And the reason they believe that is -- areas controlled by the Sinaloa Cartel.
The passengers guns went exclusively to that cartel.
This is the area.
Where these guys here carry military grade assault weapons AK forty sevens they are sixteens real powerful stuff because of the the topography in the geography.
And the fear is that this is this agent was also kill the passengers weapon.
That is yet to be foul we are told that the search is on with helicopters.
Agents have flooded the area trying to find these guys but this will be the third.
Agent killed this year in the line of duty bound for William.
Thank you for the report -- -- look forward to finding out more about.
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