Sunday, July 31, 2005

Off duty or undercover?

Odd, it never occurred to me that DEA agents take vacations, but I suppose even drug war warriors get tired and need a break. Strange decision to spend his time off in a drug producing country though. One would think he would have preferred to laze around on a beach in some neutral place than be wandering around in Tegucigalpa.

In any event, it appears to have been an unfortunate choice.
Honduran police said on Saturday a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent was shot to death as he visited a local religious shrine and that they arrested two young gang members in the killing.

Two assailants shot the vacationing DEA agent in both legs on Friday near the Virgen de Suyapa shrine in the capital, Tegucigalpa, police said.

The victim bled to death from gunshot wounds in what authorities said was probably an attempted robbery.
Local media reported he was in the country to help train anti-narcotics forces, a charge the government denies, but you have to admit you don't often hear of robbery victims being shot in both legs. Not to mention it would take a while to bleed out from those wounds unless they hit a major artery.

Tegu is a big city. You would have thought someone would have helped him before he bled out. Sure sounds like a drug related hit to me.


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