Round up the usual suspects
Mexican troops arrested two men on Wednesday suspected of involvement in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot dead in Arizona while responding to a tripped ground sensor, Mexican security officials said.
The violence drew sharp words from Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, a vocal foe of President Barack Obama’s administration on immigration. She said it should lead to anger over “the federal failure and political stalemate that has left our border unsecured and our Border Patrol in harm’s way.”
Investigators believe that Border Patrol agents involved in a likely “friendly fire” shooting that killed one officer responded from different directions in a dark, rugged canyon and may have misinterpreted their colleagues’ actions on approach, officials said Saturday.Three agents fired unknowingly at each other after they separately responded to a tripped sensor in a rugged canyon in southeastern Arizona, Cochise County Acting Sheriff Rod Rothrock told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday.
FBI officials said a preliminary investigation showed that Border Agent Nicholas J. Ivie died in a “friendly fire” shooting that only involved the agents.
A .223 Bushmaster rifle, seized on Wednesday, was “recovered in Mexico in the vicinity where Border Patrol agent was murdered,” according to one of the documents. It says the weapon was purchased in the United States but does not specify where.
(Los Angeles Times... generally reliable)
Maybe Governor Brewer might spare a few “sharp words” about whoever bought the Bushmaster.
And, bailing out the guys in Mexico might be a nice gesture. Unless they were the guys carrying the Bushmaster, nothing illegal in leaving Mexico, even if a couple of BP guys ended up shooting each other.