On December 14, 2010, Agent Brian Terry was shot to death in the Arizona desert, near Nogales, while patrolling one of the region’s most dangerous drug and human smuggling corridors. He was part of a four-man team, looking for so-called ‘rip crews,’ who typically prey on those crossing into this country illegally.
Agent Terry along with his team, encountered a group of those bandits and was shot in the back with an AK-47. At least one round went through his protective vest and ripped through his pelvis. He soon succumbed to his wounds.
Of course, weapons which were allowed to cross the border as part of “Operation Fast and Furious” were found at the murder scene.
In February 2019, Fox News reported:
Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes also was found guilty by a U.S. District Court jury after brief deliberations on counts of second-degree murder, conspiracy to affect interstate commerce by robbery, attempted robbery, assault on four Border Patrol agents and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.
Osorio-Arellanes was among seven people charged in the slaying of 40-year-old Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry north of Nogales, Arizona. He was arrested by Mexican authorities in April 2017 and extradited to the U.S. last August to stand trial.
Shortly after his murder, Agent Terry’s sister, Michelle, told The Associated Press: “It was his life. He said it was very dangerous, but he loved what he did and wanted to make a difference.”
Terry was survived by his father, Kent Terry, his mother, Josephine Terry, his stepmother, Carol Terry, sisters Michelle Terry Balogh and Kelly Terry Willis, and brother, Kent G. Terry.
His stepmother, Carol Terry spoke of her stepson’s relationship with his devastated father: “Brian just loved his dad. He would do absolutely anything for him. And Brian was his dad’s hero. Every time Brian went out on a mission he would call his dad to tell him he was leaving. Then, when returned from each mission, he would call his dad to let him know that he was back. So we knew Brian had gone out on a mission Tuesday evening. That was the last time we ever heard from him.”
“What really hurts so much is that he died protecting illegal immigrants,” she continued.
Agent Terry was a former Marine and a police officer in Lincoln Park, Michigan. He had been a Border Patrol agent for three years. In his quest for a lifetime of service to his nation, he had plans to become a Secret Service agent.
In September 2012, the Naco Border Patrol Station inside the Tucson Border Patrol Sector, was renamed The Brian A. Terry Station, in the agent’s honor.