Border unit agent killed in the line of duty, officials say

VAN HORN, Texas — Authorities are acid Texas’ Big Bend area for intensity suspects and witnesses after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent was fatally harmed responding to activity there.

CBS News has schooled that the agents responded to the stage in apart cars. One agent was questioning a tripped alarm while the other agent was there as back up. Officials haven’t nonetheless determined because an alarm was triggered or what transpired in the attack.  

Spokesman Carlos Diaz says the FBI has taken over the investigation.

Another spokesman, Douglas Mosier, says that 36-year-old agent Rogelio Martinez and his partner were ecstatic to a internal hospital, where Martinez died. Martinez’s partner is in critical condition. His name wasn’t released. Martinez had been a limit agent given August, 2013 and was from El Paso.

The two agents were responding to “activity” while on unit nearby Interstate 10, CBS associate KENS-TV reports.

A CBP matter posted online says its thoughts and prayers are with the families affected.

Sunday dusk President Trump sent a twitter observant that “we will find out and bring to probity those responsible” for the deadly  incident.

Border Patrol annals show that Big Bend accounted for about 1 percent of the some-more than 61,000 apprehensions its agents done along the Southwest limit between Oct 2016 and May 2017. The region’s plateau and the Rio Grande make it a formidable area for people to cranky illegally into the U.S. from Mexico.

The Border Patrol website lists 38 agents who have died given late 2003, some pounded while operative along the border, and other fatalities in traffic accidents. It lists one other agent death in the line of avocation this year.

CBS News’ Andy Trias contributed to this report.

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