UPDATED 8:20 AM EST MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20 (SEE BOTTOM) -- One Border Patrol agent is dead and his partner left hospitalized in serious condition in the Big Bend Sector of Texas. The FBI is leading the investigation and Border Patrol Special Operations and the Office of Air and Marine are currently searching the area for possible attackers.
This report comes from my former colleagues in the FBI and has been confirmed by a trusted Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official who says details on the matter are scarce.
We do know that two Border Patrol agents working as partners in the Van Horn Station area of responsibility of the Big Bend Sector responded to “activity.” Whether the activity was an activated sensor or something else is currently unknown. This occurred this morning, Sunday, November 19, 2017.
One of the Border Patrol agents radioed in to the communication center saying that he needed assistance and that he was injured. Other Border Patrol agents responded and found one agent injured and unconscious with injuries to his head and body. That agent, Rogelio Martinez, was later pronounced dead.
The responding agents also found the partner who had radioed for help. He was transported to the hospital and is in “serious condition,” according to the official.
Border Patrol agents and Culberson County, Texas Sheriffs Deputies secured the area.
Border Patrol Agent and President of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) Brandon Judd expressed the council’s deepest condolences to the family of Agent Martinez and to the family of the other agent who is not named at this time.
Agent Judd said that this is another example of why the border must be secured. Judd stated, “When all facts come to light on this matter, I believe the public will be outraged as there are those who do not value life who come across our border. Our borders must be secured and criminals must be held accountable.”
The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) says that their agents were tracking a group of illegal aliens who then beat the agents IN THE HEAD with rocks until one was killed and the other hospitalized.
Border Patrol Agent Brandon Judd, also president of the NBPC, stated, “What we know is that Border Patrol Agent Rogilio Martinez appears to have been ambushed by a group of illegal aliens whom he was tracking. Our agents’ reports from the ground say that he was struck in the head multiple times with a rock or rocks.”
Agent Judd continued, “The other agent arrived on scene a short time later and was also ambushed and struck in the head with what is believed to have been a rock or rocks. These disgusting acts and complete disregard for human life need to stop immediately. Family members of slain Agent Martinez will never get to see him come home again all because we have failed to secure our borders from such criminals.”
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