After agent killed and partner wounded investigators look for answers

After agent killed and partner wounded investigators look for answers

Customs and Border Protection announced in a statement that Agent Rogelio Martinez, 36, of El Paso and his partner were on patrol in separate vehicles and "responding to activity" near Interstate 10 in the Van Horn Station area, which covers 15 miles of the southern border in the eastern tip of the state.

Kevin McAleenan, acting commissioner of CBP, said in a letter sent to border agents that Martinez was unconscious when agents found him, with "multiple injuries" to his head and body.

Both agents were transported to an area hospital for treatment, but CBP said Martinez later died of his injuries. His partner was also injured, and was taken to the hospital where he was in serious condition.

Border Patrol spokesmen said they could not provide any details on what caused the agent's injuries or what led to them, but a National Border Patrol Council official told KTSM the assailants were "undocumented immigrants" who used likely used rocks to bash the agents.

The Border Patrol website lists 38 agents, not including Martinez, who have died since late 2003 - some attacked while working along the border and others killed in traffic accidents. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released a statement calling it a "stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecured border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them".

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Donald trump reminded the public about the death of American border guards when performing their duties.

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. We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. In his opinion, this is another reason to build walls near Mexico.

Both agents were assigned to the Big Bend Sector of the Border Patrol, a region that spans parts of Texas and Oklahoma.

Martinez, who was originally from El Paso, had worked as a border agent since 2013. 'Our resources must be increased to prevent these attacks in the future'. The region's mountains make it a hard area for people to cross illegally into the US from Mexico.

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