Huny Badger RIGHT WING TRIBUNE–
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.
According to the Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carrillo, who was one of the first responders to the scene on the night of the incident, told the Dallas Morning News that he believes it’s more likely that a tractor-trailer accidentally sideswiped the two agents as they stood near the culvert.
Officials from the federal Customs and Border Protection agency have said that Martinez and his partner were “responding to activity” near the culvert before they were injured.
Interstate 10 — the southernmost cross-country highway in the US — is just feet away from the culvert. Carrillo said it’s heavily traveled by truckers, and such accidents are common.
“If this was an assault, believe me, as sheriff, I’d be the first one out there emphasizing safety in our community and with our deputies, pairing them up,” Carrillo told the newspaper. “But from what I know and see, that was not the case here.”
Brandon Judd, president of the NBPC, (National Border Patrol Council) however, said the accident theory doesn’t add up. He sent agents to the scene where the supposed sideswipe would have occurred and said the evidence isn’t there to suggest a traffic accident, Fox News reports.
“We sent agents out to the scene where Agent Martinez was found and measured to see how far off the shoulder was to the pavement, then to the grass and culvert,” Judd said.
The highway’s shoulder measured 9 feet 2 inches. From the shoulder to the edge of the culvert is another 20 feet 8 inches, according to the NBPC’s measurements. Based on those figures, the agents would have to be standing on the pavement and the truck would have had to significantly veer off the interstate to push them into the culvert.
Members of the National Border Patrol Council measured the shoulder area where a tractor trailer would have veered off the roadway and into the agents. (Brandon Judd/NBPC)
Foxnews: Judd also questions how the sheriff came up with the specific details for the sideswipe scenario, such as saying an 18-wheeler may have been the vehicle at fault.
“The FBI suspects it was a violent assault. The FBI does not suspect a sideswipe. The FBI does not suspect an accident,” Judd said, citing a Nov. 21 FBI statement.
FBI spokeswoman Jeanette Harper also told Fox News on Wednesday that, though the bureau was looking at all scenarios, its main focus was investigating “an intentional assault on the officers.”
“With the leads that come in, [an accident is] one of the many scenarios that we are looking at, but the primary focus of the FBI is an intentional assault on the officer,” Harper said. “All the leads and tips that come in, we have to aggressively look at those.”
The FBI doubled its reward for information on Martinez’s death, bringing the total to $50,000 Monday. Texas is also offering a $20,000 reward for information. In the Nov. 20 press release authorizing the Texas reward, Gov. Greg Abbott’s office said it was seeking “the person or persons responsible for the murder” of Martinez.
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 second injured Border Patrol Agent is currently in a local El Paso hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) in stable condition.
Huny Badger is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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