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Dead ICE Agent from Brownsville

Dead ICE Agent from Brownsville

POSTED: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 12:55pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 1:00pm

WASHINGTON D.C. - President Obama today pledged that the U.S. government would do everything in its power to bring to justice Mexican gunmen who killed a U.S. special agent and wounded another in a brazen roadsize attack Tuesday afternoon.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime J. Zapata, 32, a four-year ICE veteran from Brownsville and based in Laredo, Texas, had been stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City as part of a human smuggling and border security enforcement task force.

He and another agent from El Paso, who has not been named, were travelling on a rural highway between Mexico City and Monterrey in an armored Chevrolet SUV Tuesday when they were apparently stopped at an unofficial checkpoint outside the town of Santa Maria del Rio.

Gunmen opened fire, spraying the SUV with bullets. Zapata was killed, and the other agent, who was hit in the arm and leg, was airlifted to a Mexico City hospital. He was flown to the U.S. and remains in stable condition.

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