Rocks? Probably man’s oldest weapon were used against two armed and trained Border Patrol Agents. The element of surprise can catch the best of us off guard.
There are no hints yet as to the identity of the murderers, but the FBI has been called in to investigate.
This post is a followup to an initial post where the details of the death of Agent Martinez were unclear. As of this writing, there’s still more to be learned.
One thing is clear, however. Illegals can be extremely dangerous and clever.
Illegal immigrants appeared to have “ambushed” two U.S. Border Patrol agents near the Texas border with Mexico and bashed their heads with blunt objects — possibly rocks — killing one agent and sending another to a hospital in serious condition Sunday, a National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) official told Fox News.
Rogelio Martinez, 36, was killed and another agent, who has not been identified, was injured while they were patrolling the Big Bend Sector, leading authorities to scour West Texas for the attackers, officials said. Although few details about the incident have been released, Brandon Judd, the president of the NBPC, told Fox News on Monday it appeared Martinez and the second agent were “ambushed” by a group of illegal immigrants.
“We don’t know exactly what happened because we weren’t there. However, just from agents that were working in the area, reports are saying it was an attack and it would appear to be an ambush,” Judd said.
He added: “There’s a high likelihood this was an assault on the agents.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has offered a reward of up to $20,000 “for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible” for the attack.
Judd said Martinez died of blunt force trauma to the head, indicating the attackers most likely used a rock or rocks during the assault. The second agent also suffered blunt force trauma to the head. The area surrounding where the attack occurred also indicated rocks were likely used as weapons. An FBI official also said that, counter to initial reports, neither agent was shot.
“There were no indications the agents fired their weapons,” Judd said, citing accounts he received from agents who responded to the incident. He also said there were no signs of a stabbing.
Martinez was notified there was illegal immigrant traffic in the area while the agents were patrolling near Interstate 10, in the Van Horn Station area, according to Judd. He began following “footprints” on a trail when the attack occurred. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release that Martinez’s partner made the initial call for help and reported they were injured and needed assistance.
Judd said details remained foggy on what led to the ambush and the FBI was investigating the incident.
Judd did not further comment on the second agent’s condition.
This video offers a fast look at the Van Horn, Texas area where the attack took place.
The Associated Press is offering a bit more details on this story. The AP report contradicts the story that the agents were attacked. Rather, there is reportedly speculation that in wandering through the rough terrain in the dark the agents fell into a ravine.
The way this story keeps changing is puzzling unless something is being covered up.