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Jul 9, 2012 9:14 PM

FBI searches for four men accused of killing federal agent Brian Terry

TUCSON - The FBI is looking for four men, they say, were involved in the shooting death of Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry.

Terry was shot and killed 18 months ago near Rio Rico.

It's still unclear whether the bullet, that killed Terry can be tied to the botched "Fast and Furious" operation, but two weapons found at the scene have been linked.

The FBI is offering a million dollar reward for information leading to all the men's capture.

Since Agent Terry's death, there has been a lot of political fallout and finger pointing over Operation Fast and Furious.

The U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI say they are focused on finding the men responsible for Agent Terry's murder.

FBI Special Agent In Charge, James Turgal Jr. says, "There are a number of other issues going on surrounding the ATF operation and congressional issues we are here today to support the Terry family."

Among releasing the names of the fugitives FBI talked about the investigation and how the six men crossed into the U.S., received their weapons for the purpose of ripping off drug smugglers.

The men set off a sensor on December 14, 2010. U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy, who heads the Southern District of California says, "Agent Terry at that point and time together with three team members deployed themselves in a line. The agents announced their presence."

She adds, "Several of the armed individuals then turned towards the agents when the agents called out and they turned with weapons raised. The agents deployed non lethal bean bag rounds to subdue the subjects."

The five suspects opened fire hitting Agent Terry and killing him. The agents returned fire.

Border Patrol Chief Richard Barlow says it's up to the agents to decide what they need to do about the threat. "Just face it Border Patrol Agents have a tough job we have 4,200 agents here alone in Arizona. They go out every single shift and put their lives on the line for this country so we take our training seriously."

Chief Barlow says he has been on board with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office from day one and has agreed with everything that's been done.

So now it's up to the public to come forward and help the FBI find the men responsible for the murder of Agent Brian Terry.

The five suspects charged with Agent Terry's murder are, 31-year-old Jesus Favela-Astorga, 34-year-old Ivan Soto-Barraza, 34-year-old Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes. There's no age or photo available for Lionel Portillo-Meza.

A $250,000 dollar reward is being offered for the capture of each. All four believed to be living in Mexico.

FBI already has two suspects in custody. Manuel Osorio-Arellanes has been jailed since the incident took place. He was wounded during the shoot out. His brother, Rito Osorio-Arellanes was arrested two days before the shooting on immigration charges. He's not charged with the murder but he is facing conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery.

If you have information on any of these men you are urged to contact the local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.


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