A U.S. border agent has died following what government
officials described as an “attack” in West Texas on Sunday
morning that left a second agent seriously injured.
Rogelio Martinez, 36, was on patrol near Van Horn, Texas,
roughly 90 miles east of El Paso, when his partner reported
that they were injured and in need of assistance, according to
a statement released
by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Both agents were transported to a local hospital where Martinez
died from his injuries. His partner, who was not identified,
remains hospitalized, the CBP stated.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday announced a reward of
up to $20,000 for information leading to arrest of those
responsible for the agent’s death.
U.S. border agent Rogelio Martinez, 36, was killed in the
line of duty on Sunday, authorities said. (Roger
Authorities have released few details about the incident,
including information about possible suspects or the type of
injuries sustained by the agents.
An official with the National Border Patrol Council labor union
who’s familiar with the investigation told The Los Angeles
Times that Martinez was struck in the head, though
it’s not clear with what.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released a statement on Sunday that
described the agents as having been “attacked” and
suggested that it was the result of an “unsecure border.”
“This is a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an
unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities and
those charged with defending them,” his statement read.
“We are grateful for the courage and sacrifice of our border
agents who have dedicated their lives to keeping us safe. I
remain fully committed to working with the Border Patrol to
provide them with all the resources they need to safeguard our
President Donald Trump also addressed the agent’s death in a
Twitter Sunday night, reiterating his longtime call for a
wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
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
An FBI spokeswoman told the New York
Times that more details are expected to be released on
“We are still working hard putting the facts together,” the
spokeswoman said. “It’s a very active, fast-moving
This story has been updated with reward information.
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