US probes how ex-official's gun found at crime scene

December 20, 2012 06:29

PHOENIX - Federal authorities were probing how a gun bought by a former top US federal agent in Phoenix ended up at the scene of a fatal shootout that killed a beauty queen in Mexico, a US law enforcement official said on Wednesday.

The weapon, found after a face-off between members of the Sinaloa drug cartel and Mexican military police, had been originally purchased by former Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Assistant Special Agent in Charge George Gillett, said the US official, who declined to be named.

Killed in the deadly gun battle was Mexican beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez and four others. The US Justice Department Office of the Inspector General was investigating, the official said.

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