Border patrol agent dies, partner injured during on-duty attack in Texas

Elias Hubbard
November 20, 2017

A 36-year-old U.S. Border Patrol agent died Sunday morning after an apparent attack while patrolling southwest Texas, according to federal authorities. "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".

Other agents responded, provided medical care and transported both to a local hospital. His partner, who is not identified, remains at the hospital in serious condition.

Martinez's partner called for help. The FBI in El Paso is leading the investigation, along with the Culberson County Sheriff's Department and Customs and Border Protection's Office of Professional Responsibility.

Martinez had been a border patrol agent since 2013, officials said.

Despite the lack of public knowledge surrounding the on-duty death, President Trump cited the attack as another reason to build a border wall with Mexico.

"We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible", Trump's tweet read.

Agent Rogelio Martinez and his partner were "responding to activity" near Interstate 10 in Van Horn, Texas, when both were seriously injured, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release. "We will, and must, build the Wall!"

"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". "I remain fully committed to working with the Border Patrol to provide them with all the resources they need to safeguard our nation".

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