Texas Border Patrol Agent Killed While on Patrol

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U.S. Border Patrol patch by MGN

Abbott has authorized a reward - through the Texas Crime Stoppers program - up to $20,000 "for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent and the serious injury of another", the governor's office said Monday in a news release.

The border fence between the United States and Mexico stands at an worldwide bridge between the two countries on March 14, 2017 in Hidalgo, Texas. The agents were patrolling near Interstate 10, in the Van Horn station area of the sector.

"There were no indications the agents fired their weapons", Judd said, citing accounts he received from agents who responded to the incident.

Martinez's partner radioed that the pair needed assistance. His partner was also injured, and was taken to the hospital where he was in serious condition.

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'Our thoughts and prayers are with Agent Martinez and his family, and with the agent who was injured, ' officials from the US Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. In his opinion, this is another reason to build walls near Mexico.

The described incident occurred yesterday near the village of van horn, Texas.

KTSM has learned the El Paso Border Patrol agent killed in the line of duty over the weekend attended Irvin High School, according to former classmates. 'Our resources must be increased to prevent these attacks in the future'.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released a statement using Martinez's name to share his condolences.

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He also said that what happened on Sunday is a "stark reminder" that an "unsecured border" poses a threat to the safety of the communities and border agents tasked with protecting them.

The Culberson County Sheriff's Department, FBI, Office of Inspector General, and CBP's Office of Professional Responsibility are assisting in the investigation.

Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jeanette Harper said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is still investigating and gathering facts.

The Border Patrol's Special Operations Group and agents from CBP's Air and Marine Operations were searching the area for potential suspects or witnesses, the agency said.

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"Our prayers are with the families of this Border Patrol Agent who was killed & the other who was injured in this attack in Texas", Abbott tweeted.

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