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Authorities search for suspect in fatal border agent shooting

July 24, 2009 | 11:18 am

Federal and local authorities were searching today for a suspect who fatally shot a U.S. Border Patrol agent in the head in a remote area of eastern San Diego County.

Robert Rosas was killed at about 9 p.m. Thursday while on patrol in an area southeast of Campo. There were signs of a struggle and some of his gear was taken, investigators said. It was the first shooting death of a Border Patrol agent in about 10 years.

"I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of one of our own," U.S. Department of Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano said in a statement. "Agent Robert Rosas was gunned down while protecting our nation’s Southwest border. This act of violence will not stand — nor will any act of violence against the Border Patrol."

She said the department's full resources would be used in the investigation.

-- Richard Marosi and Tony Perry in San Diego County

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