Federal agents are offering a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrests of four Mexican nationals charged in the shooting death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, whose 2010 killing is linked to the notorious “Fast and Furious,” the Christian Science Monitor reports. The million-dollar bounty offer was made yesterday as Justice Department officials unsealed an indictment charging five men with involvement in the agent’s murder. one of the five is in federal custody.
The action comes 11 days after Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for allegedly withholding documents subpoenaed by a House oversight committee investigating Fast and Furious. A new CNN/ORC poll showed that a majority of Americans support the contempt vote against Holder, although an even larger majority viewed the congressional investigation as an attempt by Republicans to gain a political advantage. It is unclear why Justice Department officials decided to make the nine-page indictment in the Terry case public. A federal grand jury returned the charges in November. Such charges are routinely kept under seal to avoid tipping off indicted suspects before federal agents can locate and arrest them.