Family of slain ICE agent files wrongful death claim

Jaime Zapata File Photo

The family of an Immigration and Customs agent slain in Mexico has filed a wrongful death claim against the U.S. government.

A South Texas law firm representing the family of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata filed the claim. The claim notice is a precursor to a lawsuit.

Zapata was killed in a roadside attack near San Luis Potosi in northern Mexico in February 2011. Fellow agent Victor Avila was wounded.

In the weeks after the killing, U.S. authorities concluded that a gun used in the shooting was smuggled into Mexico from the United States.