Jun 27, 2012 11:51 AM
PHOENIX (AP) - The family of a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was mortally wounded in a December 2010 shootout with bandits near the Arizona-Mexico border has set up a foundation to honor his memory.
The Brian Terry Foundation will provide emotional and financial support to families of Border Patrol agents killed in the line of duty, set up scholarships for students interested in criminal justice careers and try to raise awareness of a botched gun smuggling investigation.
Two guns found at the shootout scene were bought by a smuggling ring that was being monitored in an investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Authorities have faced criticism for allowing suspected straw gun buyers to walk away from shops with weapons, rather than arrest the suspects and seize the guns there.