Family of Slain ICE Agent Sues Government

by J. Gonzalez Injury Attorneys | July 13th, 2012 | Blog, Wrongful Death

The family of an Immigration and Customs agent is suing the federal government for $25 million in a wrongful death suit. Agent Jaime Zapata was slain in Mexico during a roadside attack near San Luis Potosi in northern Mexico in February 2011. The wrongful death claim was filed on June 14 by a South Texas law firm and defendants include ICE, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Justice Department.

The claim alleges that two AK-47 assault rifles were bought in Texas and smuggled into Mexico and were used to fire more than 90 rounds at the ICE agents. Operation Fast and Furious allows U.S.-bought weapons to cross into Mexico as part of border gun-trafficking investigations. The claims cite the operation to accuse ATF officials in Texas of knowing the identities of the men who used the weapons but failed to stop them.

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