Big Bend Border Patrol agent dies in the line of duty

Cheryl Sanders
November 20, 2017

Border Patrol spokesmen said they could not provide any details on what caused the agent's injuries or what led to them, but a National Border Patrol Council official told KTSM the assailants were "undocumented immigrants" who used likely used rocks to bash the agents.

The Republican senator said in a statement Sunday that 36-year-old Agent Rogelio Martinez died as a result of the attack earlier that day near Van Horn, which is about 30 miles from the Mexico border and 110 miles southeast of El Paso.

A U.S. Customs And Border Protection agent is dead, and his partner wounded, while on duty in south Texas.

Jeanette Harper, FBI spokeswoman for the El Paso field office, told the San Antonio Express-News only that Martinez and his partner were "not fired upon".


A Customs and Border Protection spokesperson declined to offer any further details about what happened.

The area was being searched "for potential suspects or witnesses" and the Culberson County Sheriff's Department, FBI, Office of Inspector General, and CBP's Office of Professional Responsibility were investigating.

Trump tweeted "Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt".

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, asserted, without explanation, that Martinez and his partner were "attacked" and also linked the incident to security on the border with Mexico.


Customs officials would not say what type of activity the agents were responding to. Trump promises to find the perpetrators and seek justice, as well as to build a wall along the Mexican border.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Agent Martinez and his family, and with the agent who was injured", CBP said. 'Our resources must be increased to prevent these attacks in the future'.

The Big Bend Sector accounted for one percent of the roughly 61,000 apprehensions Border Patrol agents made along Texas's southwest border between fall 2016 and spring 2017, as the Associated Press reported. The region's mountains make it a hard area for people to cross illegally into the US from Mexico.

As written the President of the United States in the social network, the border guard officer died on the South American frontier, the other was seriously injured. He had been a Border Patrol agent since August, 2013.


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