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Multiple Arrests In Border Patrol Agent's Killing

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Six people are reportedly in custody in connection with the slaying of a U.S. Border Patrol agent near Campo.

One suspect, believed to be part of an immigrant smuggling ring, was wanted on suspicion of two murders and a rape in the United States, according to published reports. FBI agents involved in the case were unavailable Sunday.

In Mexico, authorities announced the arrest of the alleged gunman, Ernesto Parra Valenzuela, and four members of a smuggling ring. And Bay Area law enforcement officials arrested a suspect Friday when a "ping" from the slain agent's cell phone led them to O'Conner Hospital in San Jose.

Before he was fatally shot, Agent Robert Rosas Jr. apparently wounded one of his attackers, based on blood found at the scene. The slaying was the first on-duty killing of a Border Patrol agent in 10 years.

Valenzuela, arrested in Tecate Friday, allegedly killed Rosas on Shockey Truck Trail with a 9 mm pistol.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on its Web site that Valenzuela, 36, was identified as the shooter by one of the four alleged smugglers -- Jose Eugenio Quintero Ruiz, 49, who is wanted for the murders and rape. Information about the rape and other killings were unavailable.

A brother, Jose Quintero Ruiz, 43, and two taxi drivers, Jose Alfredo Camacho, 34, and 57-year-old Antonio Valladares, also were arrested. The group was apparently trying to smuggle 21 people into the United States.

Rosas, a 30-year-old father of two, was tracking the group about 9:15 p.m. Thursday when he came under fire near the border.

On Friday, federal officials announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the attackers. It was unclear if anyone was in line to collect that money.

Getting Valenzuela into the United States to face justice could be difficult. Mexico, which has no death penalty, does not turn over murder suspects if prosecutors here are seeking their execution.

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