PHOENIX - The FBI is discounting the 'confession' of a man who says he was the one who killed an Arizona Border Patrol agent two years ago.
The man who turned himself in on charges of threatening to kill a Texas sheriff 'confessed' to shooting and killing U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
ABC News reported that 41-year-old Gustavo Cruz-Lozano, a Mexican National, made the so-called confession in an exclusive interview with Univision News' daily news magazine show "Primer Impacto" before surrendering on Wednesday.
Cruz-Lozano reportedly said he murdered Terry in a firefight as the agent patrolled near the U.S.-Mexico border on December 14, 2010.
The FBI says that when they interviewed Cruz-Lozano on Thursday he admitted to lying about his involvement with Terry's death.
Two AK-47 rifles found at the scene were linked with the Operation Fast and Furious case, in which the U.S. government aimed to track weapons sales to violent drug cartels, according to ABC News.
Cruz-Lozano was not one of the suspects arrested after Terry's murder, but in the interview with Univision, he insisted he was the one who pulled the trigger.
In an e-mail sent late Friday morning, the FBI said five individuals have been indicted in Terry's death and one man has already pleaded guilty.
Terry's cousin, Bob Heyer, told ABC15, "The Terry family sees this as a distraction in this investigation. It's now necessary to refocus and concentrate on finding the three known fugitives wanted in Brian's murder and bring them to justice."
SUSPECT'S OTHER ADMISSIONS
According to the Hidalgo County Sheriff's office, Cruz-Lozano turned himself in to police and was booked for making terroristic threats. Cruz-Lozano claimed that he had made threats against the sheriff, Lupe Trevino.
According to Joseph Orendain, an Assistant District Attorney in Hidalgo county, Cruz-Lozano is also being held on charges related to a 1997 burglary of a building.
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