“Illegal immigrants reportedly assaulted two U.S. Border Patrol agents with rocks, killing one and seriously injuring another Sunday near the southern border with Mexico,” according to Fox News this morning.
Agent Rogelio Martinez died of his injuries yesterday morning. His partner, not named in the report, was injured. The two agents were at the Big Bend Sector of the Texas-Mexico border when the incident took place.
“Details around the attack remained murky Monday, however, an FBI spokesperson said Rogelio Martinez and his partner were not shot and a National Border Patrol Council official told KTSM the assailants were ‘undocumented immigrants’ who used likely used rocks to bash the agents.”
President Trump was quick to take to Twitter to renew his calls for stronger border protections, including a border wall.
Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt. We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2017
Texas Senator Ted Cruz issued a formal statement of condolence for the family and friends of Martinez, also stating, “This is a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them.”
Martinez was 36 years old, and had been a border agent since 2013.