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DEA agent from Richland Parish killed in South America

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RAYVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News/ AP) - Louisiana State Police have confirmed a DEA agent from Richland Parish has been killed in South America.

Special Agent James "Terry" Watson died in Bogota, Colombia in a robbery attempt, according to a U.S. ambassador.

Federal officials say Watson was meeting with friends at a restaurant this week, but sometime after leaving, he was stabbed four times.

National police say the cab Watson was riding in was cut off by another cab. Police say two men tried to pull the Rayville man out of the vehicle , stabbing him three times in the chest and once in the leg. The body was found later by police. 

A DEA spokesperson says Watson served with them for 13 years.

He was assigned to Cartegena, Colombia but was on a temporary assignment in Bogota. 

Louisiana state police say he was also a former deputy of the Richland Parish Sheriff's Office.

Police in Colombia are asking for the public's help in this case. They're offering 50 million pesos or $25,800 for information leading to the arrest of the criminals. 

Funeral arrangements are underway and the body is expected in Monroe this weekend or Monday, according to an airport worker. 

Watson was 43.

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