A border agent was killed and another injured in an apparent attack in Texas near the border with Mexico.
President Donald Trump tweeted: “Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt. We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!”
Details of the assault are not clear, a representative for the U.S. Border Patrol said.
Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt. We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2017
“Agent Rogelio Martinez and his Big Bend Sector partner were responding to activity while on patrol near Interstate 10, in the Van Horn Station area. Agent Martinez’s partner reported that they were both injured and in need of assistance,” according to a Border Patrol news release.
Agents then provided “immediate medical care” and took him to a nearby hospital, the agency said.
#CBP mourns the loss of #USBP Agent Rogelio Martinez who passed away this morning. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fellow Agents during this difficult time. #HonorFirst https://t.co/ALpQ30thVk pic.twitter.com/wLcPzEXtKs
— CBP (@CustomsBorder) November 19, 2017
Martinez later died of his injuries and the unnamed partner is in serious condition at a hospital.
An investigation is underway, and the area has been secured by a number of different agencies.
CBP tells us Agent Martinez’ hometown was El Paso. He was 36 and entered on duty with the Border Patrol on 8/12/2013. pic.twitter.com/f9p1jzO7wW
— Ashley Claster (@ClasterKFOX_CBS) November 19, 2017
“They were not fired upon,” said Jeanette Harper of the FBI’s El Paso office, Fox News reported. “There are so many different agencies working together that we need to come together and develop a timeline.”
Elaine Duke, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, released a statement that called his death a “tragic event.”
— Beautiful Country (@beauticountry) November 20, 2017
“Earlier this morning, I was notified that Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez died as a result of serious injuries suffered while on patrol in the Big Bend Sector of our southern border in Texas. Agent Martinez was responding to activity while on patrol with another agent, who was also seriously injured,” the statement said.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also responded, calling it a “stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecured border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them,” Fox reported.
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