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Four held in slaying of Border Patrol agent

Sun., July 26, 2009, midnight

CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Mexican police announced the arrests Saturday of four men suspected of involvement in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent as American investigators searched hospitals for gunmen who were possibly wounded in the first such shooting death in more than a decade.

Investigators said they have notified hospitals on both sides of the border to be alert for patients with suspicious or unexplained injuries. They said at least two people may have been wounded and left blood at the scene.

Agent Albert Rosas was killed while responding alone to a suspected border incursion near Campo, a town in rugged, arid terrain in southeastern San Diego County. He was shot in the head and body and was dead when other agents arrived, said Keith Slotter, special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Diego bureau.

The men detained in Mexico are allegedly part of an immigrant smuggling ring, and 21 immigrants were found with them when police detained them and seized four guns near Tecate, said Elias Alvarez Hernandez, coordinator of federal police in Baja California state.

It was not immediately clear whether the suspects they sought included any of those detained in Mexico.

Mexico police did not say what evidence they had against the four, whom they identified as Jose Quintero Ruiz, 43, and his brother Jose Eugenio Quintero Ruiz, 49, and taxi drivers Jose Alfredo Camacho, 34 and Antonio Valladares, 57.


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