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Statement from Commissioner Kerlikowske on the Convictions in the Death of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry

Release Date: 
October 2, 2015

WASHINGTON— Justice was served yesterday in Arizona when a Tucson jury convicted two men of killing Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry.  Agent Terry was killed in the line of duty in December 2010 in a firefight with five men who were looking for drug smugglers to rob. Through his courage and his commitment to CBP’s complex and often dangerous mission, Agent Terry personified our core values: vigilance, integrity, and service to country.

Every year, hundreds of uniformed recruits raise their hands in taking the same oath of office as Agent Terry. These brave men and women choose to serve our Nation often patrolling the border alone despite the hazards, the harsh terrain, and the uncertainty of what each shift may bring. 

The verdicts reached yesterday in Arizona cannot soothe the pain of the loss still felt by Agent Terry’s family, friends, and colleagues, but hopefully they can provide a sense of closure.  Brian’s example continues to inspire us all to emulate the honor and patriotism that were hallmarks of his life.

Last modified: 
February 8, 2017