Authorities were acid southwest Texas for suspects or witnesses after a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and his partner harmed Sunday while on unit in a state’s Big Bend area, officials said.
Agent Rogelio Martinez and his partner were “responding to activity” nearby Interstate 10 in Van Horn, Tex., when both were severely injured, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release.
Martinez’s partner called for help. Other agents arrived, supposing medical caring and took them to a hospital.
The 36-year-old representative died of his injuries, and his partner, who was not identified, remained in a sanatorium in critical condition, officials said. Martinez, who is from El Paso, had been a limit representative given Aug 2013.
Jeannette Harper of a FBI’s El Paso margin bureau told a San Antonio Express-News that authorities were still entertainment evidence. She pronounced reports that a agents were shot were not true.
“They were not dismissed upon,” Harper said.
A Customs and Border Protection orator declined to offer any serve sum about what happened.
President Trump seemed to bond Martinez’s genocide to limit security, and plugged his skeleton for a limit wall in a chatter Sunday night. “We will find out and move to probity those responsible,” Trump tweeted. “We will, and must, build a Wall!”
Border Patrol Officer killed during Southern Border, another badly hurt. We will find out and move to probity those responsible. We will, and must, build a Wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2017
On Twitter, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) asserted, but explanation, that Martinez and his partner were “attacked” and also related a occurrence to confidence on a limit with Mexico.
“This is a sheer sign of a ongoing hazard that an unsecure limit poses to a reserve of a communities and those charged with fortifying them,” Cruz said. “I sojourn entirely committed to operative with a Border Patrol to yield them with all a resources they need to guarantee a nation.”
The FBI in El Paso is heading an review into a incident, along with a Culberson County Sheriff’s Department, and Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said in a statement that she schooled of Martinez’s genocide Sunday morning and offering her agency’s full support to “determine a means of this comfortless event.”
“On interest of a entertain of a million front line officers and agents of DHS, my thoughts and prayers go out to a family and friends of Agent Martinez and to a representative who is in critical condition,” she said.
The area where the agents were harmed is a dry widen of highway about 100 miles easterly of El Paso. It is partial of Customs and Border Protection’s immeasurable Big Bend Sector, which covers 135,000 block miles in Texas and Oklahoma and 510 miles of stream border. The sector’s Van Horn Station, near where Martinez died, covers 15 miles of a Mexico border.
The Big Bend Sector accounted for one percent of a roughly 61,000 apprehensions Border Patrol agents done along Texas’s southwest limit between tumble 2016 and open 2017, as a Associated Press reported.
Local media photos from a stage uncover Border Patrol trucks and about a dozen other unmarked vehicles parked along a side of a road, and a organisation of law coercion agents huddled together.
CBP tells us Agent Martinez’ hometown was El Paso. He was 36 and entered on avocation with a Border Patrol on 8/12/2013. pic.twitter.com/f9p1jzO7wW
— Ashley Claster (@ClasterKFOX_CBS) November 19, 2017
Thirty-eight Customs and Border Protection agents have died in a line of avocation given 2003, according to a agency’s memorial page. Before Martinez, the usually other representative to die in 2017 was Isaac Morales, who was stabbed in a bar parking lot in El Paso. Three agents died in 2016, dual of them in automobile accidents, one of a heart conflict while on bike patrol.
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