Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Federal Bureau of Investigation offers $25K for information on border patrol agent's death

Federal Bureau of Investigation offers $25K for information on border patrol agent's death

Agent Rogelio Martinez died Sunday after suffering extensive injuries to his head and body. "However, in this instance we are going to pursue the one that is most challenging as it's presented to us, which is a potential assault", Buie said.

On Monday, authorities were open to the possibility that the two agents had inadvertently slipped into the ravine because of a lack of concrete evidence, the sources said. The San Antonio Express News reported Sunday that the agents were not fired upon but that the surviving agent has no recollection of what happened.

An FBI press release states, "The FBI, as the lead agency for investigating any potential assault on a federal officer, became the lead on this investigation on November 19, 2017".

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said the attack was "a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them".

Chris Cabrera, a spokesman for a border patrol agents union, the National Border Patrol Council, told The Associated Press that the two agents appeared to have been struck in the head with a rock or rocks. They were found about 12 miles east of the town of Van Horn at 11:20 p.m. Saturday, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"My thought on this is there's no way a fall from where they were at would have been consistent with the injuries they had". At a local hospital in Van Horn, it was determined both of the agents' injuries were severe and required advanced medical care.

The FBI says autopsy results are pending.

Big Bend Sector Acting Chief Victor Velazquez told reporters that the condition of the other agent hadn't changed and that he remained in critical but stable condition at a local hospital.

Law enforcement has not explained the exact cause of the injuries, and the FBI is investigating the case. Many left-of-center outlets began focusing on the fact that the FBI investigation looked into whether the agents had fallen or suffered an accident; however, many Republican leaders began asserting that the agents were attacked.

"The FBI is aggressively investigating all leads coming in from the public and through investigative activities", the agency said in a news release.

The mystery surrounding the death of a border patrol agent in West Texas deepened on Monday, after investigators suggested that he may have fallen down a 14-foot ravine, and was not bashed in the head with a rock by an unknown attacker, as was previously suggested.

"We owe a great deal of gratitude to the courageous men and women of the United States Border Patrol who serve every day to protect our homeland", said Governor Abbott.

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