- Last Updated: 4:13 AM, July 10, 2012
- Posted: 1:14 AM, July 10, 2012
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department yesterday unsealed indictments charging five men with the killing of a US Border Patrol agent, which scandalized the federal Fast and Furious gun-tracking program.
The move was slammed as political by Republicans, who accused the feds of trying to divert attention from a House vote two weeks ago to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
During much of the debate over the contempt charge, prompted by Holder’s refusal to turn over documents in the Fast and Furious probe, critics noted that the killers were still on the loose.
Agent Brian Terry (pictured) was killed in a shootout with Mexican bandits on Dec. 14, 2010.
As part of Fast and Furious, 2,000 guns were released into Mexico with hopes of tracking them to the leaders of a Mexican drug cartel.
Hundreds of guns were lost, and two of them were found where Terry was shot.
The indictments, handed up by a grand jury in November, were made public yesterday by the feds, who said they did so to get more help from the public to find the remaining fugitives.
Two of the men are in custody.