TX Border Patrol Agent May Have Fallen to Death

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Investigators believe a border patrol agent who died in Texas after suffering extensive injuries to his head and body may have fallen down a 14-foot culvert. His partner, who radioed for help, has no memory of what happened, the Associated Press reports. FBI spokeswoman Jeanette Harper said both agents were found late Saturday night in a culvert near Van Horn, Tx., and that both had traumatic head injuries. Harper said Rogelio Martinez died early Sunday. An official said it happened after dark in an area known for drug activity and where agents often look for drugs in culverts.

Authorities haven’t offered an official explanation of what happened to Martinez and his partner. A border patrol supervisor said reports that the agents were attacked are “speculation.” Several officials, including President Trump, called Martinez’s death an attack. Rush Carter, a supervisor for the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol region that includes the area where Martinez died, said all the agency can confirm is that the two “were injured while performing their regular duties.” Harper told the San Antonio Express-News that Martinez and his partner were “not fired upon.”

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