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Officials: Border agent dies in gunbattle

A U.S. border patrol agent was shot dead in Arizona during a shootout Tuesday with suspected border bandits, officials said.

December 15, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A U.S. border patrol agent was shot to death near Nogales, Arizona, Tuesday night during a shootout with suspected border bandits, authorities said.Brian Terry, 40, was a three-year veteranof the border patrol.

Terry was waiting with three other agents when a gun battle with bandits errupted, officials said.

Four suspects have been taken into custody, a fifth is still on the loose.

The bandits are known to roam border areas, often robbing and sexually assaulting illegal immigrants as they cross into the U.S.

It is unclear what prompted the gunfight.

Terry, a former Marine and Michigan police officer, was part of an elite squad similar to a police SWAT team that was sent to the remote areas north of Nogales known for border banditry, drug smuggling and violence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.