Police chief killed with rifle lost in ATF gun-tracking program lat.ms/1aKBgTo—
Michael Muskal (@latimesmuskal) July 05, 2013
Much like Benghazi, the Obama administration considers the Fast and Furious program that resulted in the death of Border Agent Brian Terry something that happened a long time ago. Still, echoes of the ATF’s program to let guns “walk” across the border into Mexico in order to track them to the heads of drug cartels will reverberate for a long time. Another death has just been attributed to one of the rifles that got “lost” somewhere along the way. According to the Los Angeles Times:
A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF’s Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records, suggesting that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico.
Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, the police chief in the city of Hostotipaquillo, was shot to death Jan. 29 when gunmen intercepted his patrol car and opened fire. Also killed was one of his bodyguards. His wife and a second bodyguard were wounded.
Local authorities said eight suspects in their 20s and 30s were arrested after police seized them nearby with a cache of weapons — rifles, grenades, handguns, helmets, bulletproof vests, uniforms and special communications equipment.
More than 200 people have been killed or wounded by guns lost in the Fast and Furious sting, according to Mexican officials.