Texas offers $20000 reward in Border Patrol agent's slaying

Randolph Lopez
November 21, 2017

The agents had responded to "sensor activity" along the border, according to information in a new release from the Fraternal Order of Retired Border Patrol Agents.

No details of how they sustained injuries have been released.

"We don't know exactly what happened because we weren't there".

He added: "There's a high likelihood this was an assault on the agents". The area surrounding where the attack occurred also indicated rocks were likely used as weapons.

Fox News said reports that the agents were shot were denied by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which had taken over the hunt for the killers.

Customs officials would not say what type of activity the agents were responding to. He also said there were no signs of a stabbing. A Border Patrol agency news conference had been scheduled for Monday afternoon in Van Horn, but was postponed to Tuesday. He began following "footprints" on a trail when he was ambushed. "Agent Martinez's partner reported that they were both injured and in need of assistance".

Border Protection spokesman Carlos Diaz confirmed to The Associated Press in an email that the FBI was in charge of the investigation.

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Judd did not further comment on the second agent's condition.

Border Patrol records show that the agency's Big Bend sector, which includes the area where Sunday's attack took place, accounted for about 1 percent of the more than 61,000 apprehensions its agents made along the Southwest border between October 2016 and May 2017. The region's mountains make it a hard area for people to cross illegally into the USA from Mexico.

"On behalf of the quarter of a million front line officers and agents of DHS, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Agent Martinez and to the agent who is in serious condition", Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said in a statement. Martinez is the second agent to have died this year.

"Our prayers are with the families of this Border Patrol Agent who was killed & the other who was injured in this attack in Texas".

US President Donald Trump has repeated his call for building a wall on the border with Mexico as a US Border Patrol Agent died on Sunday after being injured while on duty.

President Donald Trump cited the incident as a reason why the United States needs to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

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