US Border Patrol agent killed while on patrol in Texas

Facebook									Rogelio Martinez a 36-year-old Border Patrol agent was killed while on patrol in the Big Bend Sector in Texas authorities say

The identity of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent who was fatally injured over the weekend in southern Texas has been revealed.

His partner, who was not named in the statement, was reportedly left in serious condition.

Investigators haven't released certain details about the case, including what time it happened and whether they're pursuing specific suspects.

"The FBI is still actively investigating the incident and gathering the facts", FBI spokeswoman Jeanette Harper said.

Rogelio Martinez
Rogelio Martinez

Authorities were scouring West Texas on Monday for those behind an apparent attack that killed one US border agent and injured another.

President Trump said the second officer was "brutally beaten and badly, badly hurt" but "looks like he'll make it".

In remarks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Mr Trump said the border wall is necessary because "it's rough territory" along the border. "We will, and must, build the Wall!" he tweeted Sunday evening. He pledged that "we're going to straighten it out".

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.

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Without elaborating on what happened to the officers, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the incident "an attack" in a statement.

The Border Patrol website lists 38 agents who have died since late 2003, some attacked while working along the border, and other fatalities in traffic accidents.

"Agent Martinez's partner reported that they were both injured and in need of assistance".

Cruz said in a statement the nation is grateful 'for the courage and sacrifice of our border agents'.

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Customs officials would not say what type of activity the agents were responding to.

The FBI, which is leading the investigation, confirmed the agents "were not fired upon" with guns.

United States authorities say a Texas border patrol agent has died and his partner was seriously injured while on duty.

"Agent Rogelio Martinez and his Big Bend Sector partner were responding to activity while on patrol near Interstate 10, in the Van Horn Station area", the release said.

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Martinez, 36, was an El Paso native and had joined the Border Patrol in 2013.

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