BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A DEA agent who died in an apparent robbery attempt in Colombia was a former law enforcement officer for the Richland Parish Sheriff's Office in north Louisiana.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said in a statement from Washington that Special Agent James "Terry" Watson was assigned to the DEA office in Cartagena, Colombia, but was on temporary assignment in Bogota when he was killed.
U.S. Ambassador Michael McKinley told Radio Caracol on Friday that the robbery attempt occurred after the anti-drug agent left a meeting with friends at a Bogota restaurant and got into a taxi.
Current Richland Parish Sheriff Lee Harrell told The News-Star in Monroe, La., that the 43-year-old Watson was "a great friend and tremendous law officer."