The Latest: Fellow agent describes border officer's shooting

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Posted: Sep 23, 2015 8:08 PM
The Latest: Fellow agent describes border officer's shooting

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The latest on the trial of two men accused of killing a U.S. Border Patrol agent (all times local):

5 p.m.

A former Border Patrol agent provided dramatic testimony about coming to the aid of his wounded colleague during a deadly shootout in 2010.

The testimony came in the trial of two men charged with murder in the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. An agent who was at Terry's side the night of his death described helping him after he was shot.

William Castano described frantically trying to locate Terry's wound while holding a flashlight. Terry then lost consciousness, and fellow agents tried to carry him down a hill.

Terry was killed in 2010 in a case that revealed the bungled Fast and Furious gun-smuggling investigation. Federal agents allowed criminals to buy guns with the intention of tracking them, but they lost track of 1,400 of the 2,000 guns, including two weapons found at the scene of Terry's killing.

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3:30 p.m.

The tactics federal agents use when patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border are taking center stage in the murder trial of two men in federal court in Tucson.

Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed in 2010 in a case that revealed the bungled Fast and Furious gun-smuggling investigation. Federal agents allowed criminals to buy guns with the intention of tracking them, but they lost track of 1,400 of the 2,000 guns, including two weapons found at the scene of Terry's killing.

The first witnesses in the trial about the agency's training and use-of-force policies. Defense lawyers tried to cast doubt on the tactics used by Terry's team the night of the killing, suggesting they were in the wrong location.

The next witness is one of three agents who were with Terry when he was shot.

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1:35 p.m.

The defense lawyer for two men charged in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent says his clients didn't start the firefight that led to the killing.

Brian Terry's 2010 death revealed the bungled federal gun-smuggling investigation known as Fast and Furious. Two men accused of being members of a rip-off crew that killed Terry are the first suspects to go to trial. Opening statements began Wednesday.

Defense attorney Ramiro Flores says border agents deployed their bean-bag shotguns first and that three of the men ran away. He says he also would touch on the Border Patrol's use-of-force policy during trial.

In the sting operation, federal agents allowed criminals to buy guns with the intention of tracking them. But they lost track of 1,400 of the 2,000 guns, including two weapons found at the scene of Terry's killing.

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10:42 a.m.

Prosecutors say they have DNA and fingerprint evidence that proves two men charged with murder in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent were at the scene of the crime.

The killing of Brian Terry revealed the bungled federal gun-smuggling investigation known as Fast and Furious. Opening statements began Wednesday in the trial against two suspects who are the first to stand trial in Terry's death.

Others have pleaded guilty but didn't go to trial.

The men are charged with killing Terry during the Fast and Furious operation, in which federal agents allowed criminals to buy guns with the intention of tracking them.

Instead, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lost track of 1,400 of the 2,000 guns, including two weapons found at the scene of Terry's killing.