POSTED: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 9:10am
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 11:20am
TUCSON, AZ - U.S. Border Patrol says one of its agents has been killed in southern Arizona.
Border Patrol spokesman Eric Cantu confirmed the agent's death but had very few details to release Wednesday morning.
A Tucson t.v. station reported that the incident happened just after 11 p.m. Tuesday in the Peck Canyon area north of Nogales near Rio Rico.
The slain agent was identified as Brian Terry. He was shot after approaching a group of suspects, four of whom were arrested. A fifth was at still at large.
Border Patrol and Department of Public Safety officers were searching the area with K9 units.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Terry family for their tragic loss," CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin said in a statement.
"Our commitment to Agent Terry and his family is that we will do everything possible to bring to justice those responsible for this despicable act."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.