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Statement of Attorney General Tom Horne on the death of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent

PHOENIX (Tuesday, October 02, 2012) – Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne today released the following statement regarding the on-duty death of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent working the international border near Naco, Az.:

“The news today that a U.S. Border Patrol Agent was killed and one of his partners hurt in a border enforcement action near Naco, Arizona is another tragic reminder of the extreme conditions on this portion of the U.S. – Mexico border. 

Every day, hundreds of brave men and women don a uniform and put their lives on the line to protect American citizens, and the agent in this terrible incident offered the ultimate sacrifice in the course of duty. 

I offer my deep condolences to the family of the slain agent as well as best wishes for the swift and full recovery of the agent who was wounded. And I am grateful to all the selflessly dedicated men and women of the Border Patrol who so willingly place themselves in harm’s way so that our nation can be secure.”