Another “Fast and Furious” Victim – Police Chief Killed by AK Style Rifle Lost by ATF in Operation
It seems there is yet another victim of the ATF and Justice Department’s botched “Fast and Furious” operation.
According to the LA Times, it has been recently announced that Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, the police chief in the city of Hostotipaquillo, Jalisco, Mexico was shot to death Jan. 29 by gunman who opened fire on his car. His bodyguard was also killed. A second bodyguard and the chief’s wife were wounded in the attack.
The firearm used in the attack, an AK patterned rifle, a WASR 10, was traced back to a gun store in Arizona that was the subject of the “Fast and Furious” operation.
During the operation federal agents allowed known gun smugglers to buy firearms in the US and then take them into Mexico, with the hopes of following the firearms to high profile drug cartel targets.
That didn’t really work out, and the guns the ATF allowed to be smuggled in the operation, well over 100 semi automatic rifles and handguns, have been used in several high profile murders, including the death of a border patrol agent, Brian Terry, in 2010.
In total, over 211 people have been killed with “Fast and Furious” guns in Mexico according to authorities.
The gunman that opened fire on the police chief were caught shortly after the shooting. They were taken into custody along with a cache of weapons, ammo and other tactical gear.
The ATF and Justice Department have been tight lipped about the botched operation. Some people claim that the operation was known about at the highest levels of the Justice Department. Some other allegations allege that top officials tried to cover the operation up after the weapons were lost and Brian Terry was killed.
Attorney General Eric Holder was found to be in contempt of Congress after failing to provide records about the operation demanded by Congress. President Obama even stepped in at one point to claim “executive privilege” over the documents, which made them inaccessible by some parts of the government.