US Texas sheriff says it's unlikely border agents were attacked

03:53  01 december  2017
03:53  01 december  2017 Source:   ap.org

Border Patrol agent's death leaves many questions

  Border Patrol agent's death leaves many questions Rogelio Martinez, a Border Patrol agent, died Sunday morning from injuries he suffered while on patrol in southwest Texas, the US Customs and Border Protection said. CBP officials would not say what type of activity. After they responded, Martinez's partner reported that they were both injured and needed help, according to CBP. They were found about 12 miles east of the town of Van Horn at 11:20 p.m. Saturday, according to the FBI. A Customs and Border Protection spokesman said Martinez had not been shot. He had been a border patrol agent since 2013, officials said.

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — A Texas sheriff who was among the first people to reach two badly injured U. S . Border Patrol agents said he thinks they may have been sideswiped accidentally by a tractor-trailer, not attacked , as President Donald Trump and some others have suggested.

Home » National News » Texas sheriff says it ' s … It ’ s not clear why Martinez and his partner were along the highway and U.S. Customs and Border Protection only said in a statement that they “ were responding to activity.”

File photo of a US Border Patrol agent standing near a crossing to Mexico at the San Ysidro port of entry along the US-Mexico border near San Diego. © Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images File photo of a US Border Patrol agent standing near a crossing to Mexico at the San Ysidro port of entry along the US-Mexico border near San Diego. VAN HORN, Texas — A Texas sheriff who was among the first people to reach two badly injured U.S. Border Patrol agents said he thinks they may have been sideswiped accidentally by a tractor-trailer, not attacked, as President Donald Trump and some others have suggested.

The injured agents were found the night of Nov. 18 along a culvert next to Interstate 10 near Van Horn, which is about 110 miles (175 kilometers) southeast of El Paso and about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the border with Mexico.

Was Border Patrol agent beaten to death by immigrants in Texas? Or did he fall? The FBI's not sure

  Was Border Patrol agent beaten to death by immigrants in Texas? Or did he fall? The FBI's not sure A mysterious incident last weekend that left one Border Patrol agent dead in west Texas and another critically injured is being investigated as a possible attack, officials said. "There are a number of possible scenarios, but right now we are going to pursue it as an assault on a federal agent," FBI Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. said during a Tuesday briefing in El Paso. "This is the most important investigation in the El Paso division of the FBI. We will be aggressively investigating all leads."Agent Rogelio "Roger" Martinez, 36, a four-year veteran, was found with "traumatic head injuries" and broken bones at 11:20 p.m.

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — A Texas sheriff who was among the first people to reach two badly injured U. S . Border Patrol agents said he thinks they may have been sideswiped accidentally by a tractor-trailer, not attacked , as President Donald Trump and some others have suggested.

Texas sheriff says officers were 'sideswiped by a tractor-trailer' and NOT attacked - as Trump suggested. Rogelio Martinez, 36, was one of two US Border Patrol agents who were found injured on November 18 in a culvert near Van Horn, Texas .

Agent Rogelio Martinez succumbed to traumatic head injuries and broken bones. His partner, who has not been identified, was seriously injured and hospitalized for several days. The agent has no memory of what happened that night.

Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carrillo said he thinks a tractor-trailer may have accidentally sideswiped the pair, The Dallas Morning News reported.

I-10 is a heavily traveled route for truck drivers and accidents regularly occur, some due to wind drafts and others from drivers overcorrecting after drifting across lanes, Carrillo said.

"From the beginning we were radioed to assist in the incident as an injury, not an assault," Carrillo told the newspaper. "That's the way it was communicated to us.

Injured Border Patrol agent released from hospital

  Injured Border Patrol agent released from hospital Agent Rogelio Martinez and another agent were found late Saturday in a culvert near the Mexico borderAgent Rogelio Martinez, 36, died Sunday from injuries sustained in the line of duty. He and the surviving agent, who has not been publicly identified, were found late Saturday in a culvert near Van Horn, Texas, not far from the Mexico border.

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — A Texas sheriff who was among the first people to reach two badly injured U. S . Border Patrol agents said he thinks they may have been sideswiped accidentally by a tractor-trailer, not attacked , as President Donald Trump and some others have suggested.

A Texas sheriff who was among the first people to reach two badly injured U. S . Border Patrol agents said he thinks they were hurt in an accident, not an attack . The injured agents were found the night of Nov.

"If this was an assault, believe me, as sheriff, I'd be the first one out there emphasizing safety in our community and with our deputies, pairing them up," he added.

It's not clear why Martinez and his partner were along the highway and U.S. Customs and Border Protection only said in a statement that they "were responding to activity."

A Border Patrol union, the National Border Patrol Council, has said the pair was attacked and struck with a rock or rocks.

President Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also have said the two were attacked, with Trump using the incident to renew his call for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. in the FBI's El Paso office said last week that investigators were treating the incident as a "potential assault," but they could not rule out other scenarios.

Federal officials have released few details about the circumstances leading to their injuries.

FBI eyes brothers in possible attack on Border Patrol agents .
The FBI is investigating two brothers as "persons of interest" in a possible attack two weeks ago that left one Border Patrol agent dead and another seriously injured near Van Horn, Texas. The bureau, following up on a tip from an informant, is pursuing a theory that the brothers, undocumented immigrants allegedly involved in smuggling people, drugs or both, might have assaulted the two agents, according to an unsealed search warrant filed in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Monday.

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