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Authorities search for suspect who killed Border Patrol agent [Updated]

July 24, 2009 |  7:34 am

[Updated at 10:05 a.m.: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano released a statement this morning on the deadly shooting, identifying the agent as Robert Rosas.

"I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of one of our own," Napolitano said in the 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. I have directed that the full resources of the Department assist in the investigation to find and bring to justice those responsible for this inexcusable crime."]

A manhunt is going on this morning at the U.S.-Mexico border in eastern San Diego County for the gunman who shot a U.S. Border Patrol agent to death.

Details were sketchy this morning, but the agent was fatally shot at about 9 p.m. Thursday in an area southeast of Campo. The agent, whose name has not been released, was patrolling the remote region with other agents when he got separated from them before the shooting, the FBI said.

There were signs of a struggle and some of his gear was taken, investigators said.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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