U.S. Border Patrol agent killed while on patrol in Texas

By Daniel Uria  |  Nov. 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM
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Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. Border Patrol agent died Sunday after sustaining injuries while in the Big Bend Sector, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Agent Rogelio Martinez and his partner were responding to activity while on patrol near Interstate 10 in the Van Horn Station area in Texas when his partner reported they were both injured and in need of assistance, CBP said in a statement.

Both were provided immediate medical care by responding agents on the spot and transported to a local hospital where Martinez died and his partner remains in critical condition.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Agent Martinez and his family, and with the agent who was injured," CBP said.

Culberson County Sheriff's Department assisted Border Patrol agents in securing the scene and agents from CBP's Air and Marine Operations began searching the area for potential suspects or witnesses.

The FBI has taken over the investigation of the incident.

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