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CBP agent killed, another injured in “attack” in south Texas

November 20, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
CBP agent killed, another injured in “attack” in south Texas

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VAN HORN, Texas — The FBI have taken over an investigation into the dearth of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent, who was killed during an attack which also seriously wounded another Border agent in south Texas Sunday night.

Authorities continue to search for potential suspects and witnesses in the Big Bend Sector after 36-year-old U.S. Border agent Rogelio Martinez was killed and his partner was wounded responding to “activity” while on patrol near Interstate 10.

So far, CBP officials have released few public details surrounding their ordeal.

CBP Spokesman Carlos Diaz said Martinez and his partner were responding to activity there when an “attack” occurred but could not provide any details Sunday on what caused the agent’s injuries.

According to a CBP press release, Martinez and his partner were transported to a local hospital, where Martinez later died from his injuries.

Martinez’s partner remains in serious condition. His name wasn’t released.

Diaz said Martinez, is from El Paso and had been a U.S. Border agent since August 2013.

“They were not fired upon, there are so many different agencies working together that we need to come together and develop a timeline,” said Jeanette Harper of the FBI’s El Paso office. ”

Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released a statement calling the attack a “stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecured border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them.”

Our condolences and prayers go out to the family and friends of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, who was killed this morning in the line of duty. We are also praying for the full recovery of his partner, who was also attacked,” Cruz said.

CBP records show that Big Bend accounted for about 1 percent of the more than 61,000 apprehensions its agents made along the Southwest border between October 2016 and May 2017. The region’s mountainous terrain and the Rio Grande make it a difficult area for people to cross illegally into the U.S. from Mexico.

According to the U.S. Border Patrol website, 38 agents have died since late 2003, some attacked while working along the border, and other fatalities occurred in traffic accidents.

It also lists one other agent death in the line of duty this year.

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