What led to ‘Project Gunwalker’? – Ten days before Christmas, ATF agent John Dodson awoke, got his morning coffee, switched on the TV news — and heard the words he had dreaded every day of every month he had been a member of the gun-trafficking investigative team called the Group VII Strike Force. A Border Patrol agent had been shot dead in a gun battle with suspected bandits. The agent was 40, only months older than Dodson himself, another ex-military man who chose to serve his country by working for the U.S. government. An all-too familiar feeling returned to the pit of Dodson’s stomach, an awful mix of panic, fear and disgust that flowed from one haunting question: In allowing guns onto the streets in hopes of knocking off a big arms-trafficking ring, had ATF’s Group VII been unwitting accomplices in the death of a fellow federal agent?