Authorities have detained a third suspect in the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, who was allegedly shot to death with weapons linked to the ATF’s “Fast & Furious” gun-walking program.
Ivan Soto-Barraza was arrested in Mexico Thursday for the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. He faces first- and second-degree murder charges, assault on a federal officer, robbery, and firearms violations.
Terry was murdered on December 14, 2010 in the Arizona desert. It was revealed that two of the guns were linked to the government’s gun walking scheme Operation Fast and Furious. “Straw” buyers were allowed to purchase guns and traffic them to Mexican drug cartels and ATF agents hoped to track the weapons. However, no agents tracked them and thousands of guns disappeared. They have been found at numerous crime scenes in Mexico and America. No one has been held accountable for Fast and Furious, and Attorney General Eric Holder is still in contempt of Congress for not handing over documents related to the program.
The FBI is not revealing many details on the arrest. Terry family spokesman said the family is very happy.
“The family is excited but we have two more fugitive defendants in Mexico. This is an ongoing operation and case,” Terry family spokesman Robert Heyer said Thursday.
Three of the five suspects have been caught. Jesus Favela-Astorga and Heraclio “Laco” Osorio-Arellanes are still at large.