Mexican Nationals Charged With Killing Coast Guardsman

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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UPDATE: Monday, December 3, 2012

Two men have been charged in the killing of a U.S. Coast Guardsman whose crew was chasing a vessel suspected of being laden with drugs off the California coast.

Jose Meija Leyva and Manuel Beltran Higuera were charged Monday in Los Angeles with killing a federal officer while the officer was on duty. They are in custody and were expected to appear in court later Monday.

The men are charged in the killing of 34-year-old Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne, who died Sunday after he was struck in the head by the suspect vessel near the Channel Islands, west of Los Angeles.

Monday, December 3, 2012

The commanding officer of the U.S Coast Guard cutter Halibut says he is devastated by death of a crewmember in a collision between a suspected smuggling boat and a small Coast Guard boat off Southern California.

Lt. Stewart Sibert has told a press conference in Marina del Rey, Calif., that Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III was the "glue" that held his crew together.

Horne suffered a fatal head injury Sunday when the suspect boat rammed an inflatable chase boat deployed from the Halibut in a drug interdiction operation.

In an emotional statement, Sibert credited Horne with saving three lives a few months ago while responding to a sailboat in trouble during terrible sea conditions, and likely many more lives over his career.

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