Photo: Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III climbs onto the ship after conducting water survival training in this undated photograph. Horne, a boatswain’s mate, was killed Dec. 2, 2012, from injuries sustained during law enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island, Calif. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Lt. Stewart Sibert. – See more at: http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2012/12/honoring-bmcs-terrell-horne-iii/#sthash.XSMyikVM.dpuf
Coast Guard Compass is reporting the death of BMC Terrell Horne III, 34, while engaged in a law enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island in Southern California.
BMC Horne was in USCGC Halibut’s small boat when it was rammed by a panga.
The seizure of the panga was part of a larger operation also targeting a second boat and up to six individuals. There is more info on the operation here.
This is another unfortunate reminder of how vulnerable our small boats become when they are away from the protective presence of the larger cutter.
Makes me wonder. When the panga failed to slow and turned toward the RHIB, were warning shots fired? Were they authorized? Was deadly force authorized?
Update, the boat crew did open fire on the panga and maneuvered in an attempt to avoid the collision.
Update: The LA Times is reporting the two men on the panga were captured and charged under 18USC 1114 sections 2 and 3. My interpretation is, at this point, they have been charged with manslaughter and attempted manslaughter. http://documents.latimes.com/two-men-charged-killing-coast-guard-officer/