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U.S., Mexico authorities search for gunmen who killed border agent [Updated]

July 24, 2009 |  2:00 pm

U.S. Border Patrol agents look for footprints along Tierra del Sol Road east of Campo, near the area where agent Robert Rosas was shot in the head and killed Thursday evening.

Authorities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are searching for the gunmen who fatally shot a U.S. Border Patrol agent in eastern San Diego County, and the FBI today announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to their arrest.

Speaking at a news conference in Chula Vista, federal officials said more than one person was probably involved in the Thursday night shooting of agent Robert Wilmer Rosas Jr., 30, as he patrolled the remote area near Campo for smugglers.

They also said the shooting occurred within "close proximity" to the border fence and that Rosas was outside of his vehicle when he was killed.

Earlier today, investigators said there were signs of a struggle and some of Rosas' gear was stolen.

It was the first shooting death of a Border Patrol agent in about a decade.

"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.

Updated at 3:15 p.m.: A previous version of this post said the news conference was in Campo, instead of Chula Vista.

-- Richard Marosi in Chula Vista

Photo: U.S. Border Patrol agents look for footprints along Tierra del Sol Road east of Campo, near the area where agent Robert Rosas was shot in the head and killed Thursday evening. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

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