Brian A. Terry

Brian A. Terry  Age: 40  Tour: 3 years, 5 months  End of Watch: December 15, 2010

Brian A. Terry

Age: 40

Tour: 3 years, 5 months

End of Watch: December 15, 2010

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot and killed near Rio Rico, Arizona, while attempting to apprehend a group of armed subjects. The suspects had been preying on illegal immigrants with the intent to rob them.

Agent Terry and several other agents were attempting to arrest the group when shots were exchanged between the suspects and agents. Agent Terry was struck in the pelvis by a round fired by a suspect armed with an AK-47.

He was flown to a hospital where he succumbed early the following morning.

One of the subjects who was wounded in the shootout was taken into custody at the scene and charged with murder. Four other subjects fled the scene and were believed to have returned to Mexico. One of the four fugitives was arrested by Mexican authorities in September 2012 and is awaiting extradition.

On October 30th, 2012, the subject who was wounded in the initial shootout pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and faces life in prison during his formal sentencing hearing.

On December 12th, 2012, the straw buyer who purchased two of the weapons found at the scene of Agent Terry's murder was sentenced to 57 months in prison.

Agent Terry was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the United States Border Patrol for 3-1/2 years. He had previously served as a police officer with the Lincoln Park, Michigan, Police Department. He is survived by his parents, brother, two sisters, five nieces, and one nephew and is buried in Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock, Wayne County, Michigan.

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Michael Vincent Gallagher

Michael Vincent Gallagher  Age: 32  Tour: 2 year  End of Watch: September 2, 2010

Michael Vincent Gallagher

Age: 32

Tour: 2 year

End of Watch: September 2, 2010

Michael Vincent Gallagher, 32, of Casa Grande died on Sept. 2, 2010, of injuries sustained in a traffic crash while on duty on the Tohono O’odham Nation.

Mr. Gallagher was born on July 5, 1978, in Hershey, Pa. He was an Iraq War veteran who served with distinction in the Army from 2002 to 2008. He entered duty with the U.S. Border Patrol’s 794th Session on July 21, 2008. He was devoted to his family and friends and a trustworthy soldier and patrol agent. He was known for his infectious laugh and salt and pepper hair. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies fan.

Survivors include his wife, Samantha L.; two sons, Quincy and Rhyan Gallagher of Casa Grande; his father and stepmother, Michael P. and Jean Gallagher of Mountville, Pa.; his mother and stepfather, Diane and William Alexander of Lancaster, Pa.; two sisters, fellow agent Julie Gallagher-Merone of El Paso, Texas, and Jeanette Gallagher of Charlotte, N.C.; a stepbrother, Thomas Lohr of Lancaster; and grandparents, Lloyd and Mary Waller of Lancaster.

Contributions toward a college fund for Mr. Gallagher’s children may be sent to: U.S. Border Patrol, c/o Patrol Agent in Charge, 396 N. Camino Mercado, Casa Grande, AZ 85122-5760.

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Mark F. Van Doren

Mark F. Van Doren  Age: 40  Tour: 1 year, 6 months  End of Watch: May 24, 2010

Mark F. Van Doren

Age: 40

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

End of Watch: May 24, 2010

Border Patrol Agent Mark Van Doren was killed when his patrol car collided with a steer and a tree on Farm-to-Market Road 755, in Brooks County, Texas.

The accident took place three miles west of U.S. Highway 281 around 11 p.m. Sunday, May 23. When the patrol unit hit the bull it veered off of the road, and hit a tree. Agent Van Doren was pronounced dead at the scene in the early hours of May 24. His partner was critically injured in the crash, but survived.

Agent Van Doren was survived by his parents, two brothers, and three children.

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