Fast and Furious: Missing Gun traced to the murder of Mexican Police chief

Published on July 7, 2013


Another weapon lost in the Obama administration’s failed Fast and Furious  gun-tracking operation has purportedly been traced to two more killings,  including the fatal shooting of a police chief in Mexico.

The officer was killed Jan. 29 in the city of Hostotipaquillo when gunmen  intercepted his patrol car and opened fire, according to Justice Department  records obtained by The Los Angeles Times. The  chief’s bodyguard was also killed and a second bodyguard and the chief’s wife  were wounded.

Operation Fast and Furious was run out of an Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and  Explosives field office in Arizona. The plan was to sell guns to buyers and  trace them in the black market as the crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, with the  expectation they would lead federal officials to drug cartel leaders.

However, hundreds of guns were lost in the operation. And roughly 210 people  have either been killed or wounded by them, according to Mexican officials.

In addition, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was fatally shot.

His 2010 death sparked several Capitol Hill investigations and a vote by the  Republican-controlled House to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of  Congress for not turning over records.

The semi-automatic rifle that killed the police chief in central Mexico has  been traced to the Lone Wolf Trading Company, a gun store in Glendale, Ariz.

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