Border Patrol Agent Dies While on Patrol in Van Horn
A U.S. Border Patrol Agent has died and another remains hospitalized after sustaining multiple injuries while on patrol in the Van Horn area this weekend.
Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez and his partner were on patrol in Van Horn on Sunday. That’s when officials say Martinez’s partner reported the two had sustained multiple injuries and were in need of assistance.
Responding agents found Martinez unconscious with several injuries to his head and body. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, Martinez was given medial treatment and transported to a nearby hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
#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 (@CBP) November 19, 2017
Martinez’s partner, who also sustained injuries to the head, was found conscious and remains in the hospital in serious condition.
Officials haven’t commented on the event that led to the agents’ injuries. In a statement, Texas Senator Ted Cruz called the event "an attack."
"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."
President Donald Trump discussed the agents' death Sunday night on twitter. "We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!"
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
Several agencies, including the FBI and the Culberson County Sheriff’s department are investigating. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has offered a $20,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the death of agent Martinez.
This is a developing story. Marfa Public Radio will have additional details as they become available.