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Lawsuit Filed In Ambush of ICE Agents In Mexico

February 13, 2013  | 

Photo: POLICE file
Photo: POLICE file

The family of a U.S. Customs Enforcement agent killed in a 2011 ambush on a Mexican highway and another agent who survived filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to hold the government and nearly two-dozen other defendants accountable in the attack.

The federal lawsuit arises from the Feb. 15, 2011, attack on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila. Zapata died and Avila was seriously wounded.

The lawsuit names the agents' supervisors, the company that armored their vehicle and gun shops that allegedly sold two of the weapons used. It alleges that Zapata and Avila never should have been sent on the dangerous mission, their armored SUV was flawed and at least two of the guns used in the attack were bought in the United States and eventually smuggled to Mexico.

Read the full Associated Press story.

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Comments (3)

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Doc @ 2/14/2013 7:48 PM

Eric Holder, Obama and the ATF should also be named, because Fast & Furious allowed those guns into Mexico. Mexico should also be sued, for the part they had in cooperating with the ATF.

John @ 2/14/2013 10:09 PM

Lawsuit happy douchebag of a family aside, no U.S. government employee should be sent to a shithole like Mexico without being heavily armed. The U.S. government should cut all funding to Mexico, unless the Mexican government cooperates.

Chuck @ 2/15/2013 3:09 PM

How about filing the law suit on the folks that caused this sh!+, IT IS NOT THE FREAKING GUN SHOP THAT SOLD THE FREAKING GUNS. Sue our flipping government that refuses to seal our border (after all napoleonatono has repeatedly said our borders are more secure than ever) , sue the freaking department heads that allow the Mexican government to dictate whether or not our agents can be armed when working in their country (they sure don't have an issue with coming over here armed). Hell, sue the Mexican government (yea right) they sure try to sue our country every chance they get. Place the blame where it belongs, this is a government issue, not the agents, not the pawn shop, not the gun dealers and manufacturers. This is straight up politics at its absolute worst, agents were shot and killed because of politics and instead of going after the politicians (because everyone knows that you never win suing the government), theysue everyone else. I understand them being mad and wanting someone to pay for the tragic events, but make the right people pay not the easy targets.

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