Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement in response to an announcement by the Department of Justice that an indictment charging five individuals involved in the death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was unsealed today in Tucson:
"Today, the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment charging five individuals involved in the death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. The individuals were charged with crimes including first degree murder, assault on a federal officer, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
"I commend the Justice Department for its vigorous pursuit of justice for Agent Terry's family.
"When our Committee launched its investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, I promised the Terry family that I would do everything in my power to get them answers. Today's announcement is one step towards bringing those who committed this terrible crime to justice.
"I recently lost my nephew to gun violence and understand the concerns of those who have lost loved ones. I will remain dedicated to ensuring that the Terry family and the American people get the answers they deserve."
The indictment, which was issued by a grand jury in November 2011, alleges that in December 2010 five of the defendants engaged in a firefight with Border Patrol agents, during which Agent Terry was shot and killed. The indictment also alleges that the defendants illegally entered the United States from Mexico for the purpose of robbing drug traffickers of their contraband.
The Department of Justice is offering a reward of up to $1 million from the FBI for information leading to the arrest of four fugitives.