By David Schwartz
PHOENIX | Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:46pm EST
(Reuters) - The parents of a slain U.S. Border Patrol agent have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in connection with the botched "Fast and Furious" federal sting operation that saw guns purchased in the United States slip to suspected criminals in Mexico.
The lawsuit, which names federal officials and a federal prosecutor as defendants, was filed in federal court in Arizona and seeks unspecified damages for Brian Terry's 2010 death in a shootout with suspected border bandits in southern Arizona.
Terry's slaying set off a political firestorm when it brought to light the botched probe by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives into gun trafficking that let more than 2,000 weapons slip across the border into Mexico.
The lawsuit filed by Terry's parents, Kent and Josephine Terry, names six ATF supervisors and agents in the Phoenix office as defendants, along with Emory Hurley, who as assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona helped run the operation.