PHOENIX (AP) - In a story Feb. 8 about a Border Patrol agent's shooting death, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the U.S. Justice Department denied that two rifles sold in purchases tracked by federal firearms agents were later used in the shooting. Robbie Sherwood, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona, said the denial applied only to an allegation that firearms agents had foreknowledge of sales of weapons to buyers who smuggled them into Mexico. Sherwood said the Justice Department never denied that the rifles were used in the shooting. Firearms records show the rifles found at the shootout were the same rifles being monitored by federal firearms agents as part of a gun trafficking investigation.
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