FBI Statement on Murder of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez…

The initial report from the U.S. Border Patrol on the murder of Agent Rogelio Martiez was posted Sunday November 19th, and stated: “Agent Rogelio Martinez and his Big Bend Sector partner were responding to activity while on patrol near Interstate 10, in the Van Horn Station area. Agent Martinez’s partner reported that they were both injured and in need of assistance. Responding agents provided immediate medical care, and transported both agents to a local hospital.”

Yesterday the FBI took over the investigation and released their expanded statement:

First and foremost, the thoughts and prayers of all the federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies involved are with the family, friends and U.S. Border Patrol work force during this tragic time.

On November 18, 2017, at approximately 11:20 p.m. CST, U.S. Border Patrol Agents from the Van Horn Station in the Big Bend Sector, located two injured Border Patrol agents in a culvert area adjacent to Interstate 10, about 12 miles east of Van Horn. They provided the injured Agents with immediate medical care and transported them to a local Van Horn hospital.

Both agents sustained traumatic head injuries, along with other miscellaneous physical injuries such as broken bones. At a local hospital in Van Horn, it was determined both of the agents’ injuries were severe and required advanced medical care. The injured agents were airlifted separately to a local hospital in El Paso, Texas.

Sadly, Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez succumbed to his injuries and died in the early morning hours of Sunday, November 19, 2017. The results of an autopsy are pending. The second injured Border Patrol Agent is currently in a local El Paso hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) in stable condition.

The FBI, as the lead agency for investigating any potential assault on a federal officer, became the lead on this investigation yesterday, November 19, 2017. Whenever the FBI suspects a member of the federal law enforcement community has been the victim of a violent assault, the FBI is responsible for investigating the matter.

The FBI is working closely with U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (including CBP Air and Marine), Texas Department of Public Safety, and United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas. Additionally, the FBI has received assistance from the HSI, DEA, CBP Office of Professional Responsibility, Department of Homeland Security’s-Office of Inspector General, El Paso Police Department, and Culberson County Sheriff’s Department.

The FBI is asking anyone with information about this tragic incident to contact the FBI 24 hours a day at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or online at tips.fbi.gov. The FBI is aggressively investigating all leads coming in from the public and through investigative activities.  (link)

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228 Responses to FBI Statement on Murder of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez…

  1. James W Crawford says:

    Once an opponent gets within arms reach, a gun becomes far less advantageous and can even become disadvantageous. A surprising number of police officers have been killed with their own weapons over the years. The number of cops killed with their own guns has been on a decreasing trend in recent decades along with all officer homicides. The introduction of security holsters has saved many lives. However; and officer’s security holster is no defense if they draw their weapon against an assailant who is within arms reach. Drawing a pistol against multiple assailants at close range is extremely dangerous. You need to have already decided to shoot and keep shooting.

    My guess is that the agents were ambushed by multiple assailants who were in hiding or disguised as seemingly less threatening by women and children. Fist sized rocks thrown at close range can stun or even kill. Once an armed officer is incapacitated, they became extremely vulnerable to physical assault by multiple assailants. Once again, fist sized rocks would be extremely lethal or injurious.

    Once incapacitated, the agents would be extremely vulnerable to being thrown down a 14 foot deep culvert. Impact velocity with the bottom of the culvert would be about 20 mph.

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  2. I say that if these agents weren’t robbed, or had their gun stolen, it’s an inside job. Inside job to get rid of good agents who won’t allow illegal trespassers, which some or many, agents like. Most of them want them to enter, as they probably get paid.


  3. freddy says:

    These guys down there are Indians and well experienced with killing you with rocks. Tarahumara are usually peaceful but they jack them up on meth to run those loads and it can make you paranoid and super strong….I’ve been down there at night and it’s like ISIS territory and snipers and bad dudes everywhere pushing human and child smuggling and drugs…It all goes on beyond your imagination unless you’ve seen it………

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  4. Eagle61 says:


    I don’t see where any statement has been made that the agents were unarmed. I have never personally seen them unarmed, and I have worked on the border for many years.

    I agree though, it is an undeclared war. It’s taking time to flush out the upper management in the Border patrol that were put in place during the previous administration. Boots on the ground just follow orders, or they quit.

    Catch and release is not border security.

    The Narco Barrons are a vicious and ultra-violent bunch that rival the worst atrocities committed by ISIS.

    So what drives their business? U.S. pricks that still think drugs are “cool man”.

    Do we declare all drugs legal? Would that stop their reign of terror?

    No, it would not! They would find another source or means to make illegal profit on human misery as in human trafficking, both the undocumented alien kind and, most horrifically…the child sex slave trade.

    We have yet to face the fact that there are evil people on this planet that deserve to be eradicated for their past deeds and to prevent future deaths.

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    • POP says:

      I’ve seen the tv docos on Border Patrol, alas much of their interaction with illegals seems very “trusting”. Almost as if these illegal border crossers are “customers”.

      New protocols where the Patrol cover each other and don’t lose contact, with tactical changes, like get your firearm in hand, as standard practice…will be coming for the intelligent govt employee.

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  5. freq says:

    this is your border… this is your border on drugs and under assault…

    Liked by 3 people

  6. coltlending says:

    Gunships in the sky patrolling the border will go a long way to stop border crossing.

    All these summgling and drug cartels understand is brute force.

    Identify militarized zones along the border with shoot first orders, drop those bilingual notes ” Illegal Nortea is death” and get busy.

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  7. Just Curious says:

    May God speed Officer Martinez journey to heaven. The posted picture of the officer and his young son (?) broke my heart. How any human beings could have killed this officer is beyond my comprehension. This travesty has to be stopped right now, before these ruthless animals would kill another innocent life in whatever these animals have committed to….

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  8. SSI01 says:

    There’s a good possibility that photo was taken only 4 or 5 miles from here. A lot of students from the Center have their families come down here for graduation, that may be the case with this photo.


  9. PaulM says:

    I find this interesting as for years I’ve seen large quantities (thousands of pounds) of fired brass (.40S&W,.223,.308) for sale at the GSA online auction and the agency is the DHS/CBP. I did a little math (and guesses) to convert weight to quantities and the numbers are incredible. To consume that much ammo (millions of rounds) the BP should have had the close quarter drills down. I have also wondered if all that brass could have come from another agency or just coming back into the country.


  10. If we build a wall, we have to consider maintenance of the wall because someone will use dynamite on the wall. Also it may help a little in terms of safety for the border patrol. what i think may help is a change of SOP where the BP agent talker is covered by a rifleman some distance away. Immediate gunship support is a consideration as well. The days of assuming peaceful people crossing the border has been put to death.


  11. positron1352 says:

    The wall is an important symbol and statement as well as a practical deterrent. Let’s do it already!


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