ATF: Weapon Used In Mexico Attack on ICE Agents Purchased in US
POSTED: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 11:14pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 5:19pm
LANCASTER, TX- There's new information tonight regarding that deadly shooting. Federal officials say at least three guns were recovered at the scene, with one those being traced back to the United States.
The weapon that was traced is commonly known as the pistol version of the AK-47 rifle. And ATF says it was purchased right here in Texas.
It was just about two weeks ago that ICE agents Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila were attacked in Mexico. Zapata was killed in the attack, and Avila was wounded.
Today, ATF arrested three men in the town of Lancaster, just south of Dallas, saying the trio bought the AK-47 pistol used in the attack.
Mexican law enforcement says the investigation into the attack is ongoing, and more arrests could be made.
The AK-47 pistol is a popular weapon used by drug cartels. Local gun dealers have told us that it's equally popular here in the Sun City, with one man having sold hundreds over the last two years.