Friday, June 21, 2013

Colombia: DEA Agent Stabbed to Death in Apparent Robbery Attempt in Bogotá

According to The Associated Press, US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) special agent James "Terry" Watson, 43,  died in an apparent robbery attempt in Bogotá earlier this week after he was stabbed four times by one of his assailants.

The robbery attempt occurred after Watson left a meeting with friends at a Bogotá restaurant and got into a taxi.

The taxi Watson was riding in was intercepted by another cab about three blocks from the restaurant. Two men got out and tried to pull the American out of the vehicle, stabbing him three times in the chest and once in the leg.

COMMENT: Our condolences and sympathies go out to Mr. Watson's family in the hope that the assailants who killed him are brought to justice.

Watson was based in Cartagena and was in Bogotá only temporarily. The American had worked in Colombia for roughly 18 months. He was promptly taken to a local clinic, but had already died from severe bleeding.

Unfortunately, most federal agents assigned abroad should give up their valuables when confronted by more than one criminal, as most assailants in Colombia will summarily kill victims that resist.

It is unknown as to whether Agent Watson was killed because of his position with DEA, yet it is motive that should not be ruled out.

Most US federal agents are also armed with semi-auto pistols while posted to a foreign country, unless he was caught by surprise before he could defend himself.

The Colombian National Police has posted a 50 million pesos (US$25,800) reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.