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Border patrol agent killed while on duty

VAN HORN, Texas – A U.S. Border Patrol agent from El Paso died Sunday morning while on patrol near Van Horn, according to a Customs and Border Protection spokesperson.

Details have been limited because it’s an ongoing investigation but officials with National Border Patrol Council told KTSM there was an attack on two agents.

Art Del Cueto, the Vice President of the NBPC, told KTSM, “Obviously when these stories come up, you here a bunch of back and forth but what we like to use is what we hear from agents that are actually there — agents on the ground.”

Del Cueto said, “(Martinez and his partner) were out there responding to a censor and one agent was murdered. I know people don’t want to jump to conclusions and say stuff but the reality is but you hear the talk about individuals trying to get a better life and enter this country to get a better life but the reality is they will stop at nothing including killing a federal agent — which is what happened.”

As NewsChannel 9 previously reported, Rogelio Martinez, 36, and his partner were patrolling I-10 near the Van Horn Station area when they got injured.

Both agents were taken to a local hospital where Martinez died as a result of his injuries. His partner remains hospitalized in serious condition, according to CBP.

Officials have not yet said how the two got injured but Del Cueto told KTSM, “We strongly believe rocks were what was used.”

According to CBP, the Border Patrol’s Special Operations Group and agents from CBP’s Air and Marine Operations are searching the area for potential suspects or witnesses.

The Culberson County Sheriff’s Department, FBI, Office of Inspector General, and CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility are investigating the incident.

According to a spokesperson with CBP, Martinez joined the Border Patrol in 2013.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced a $20,000 reward through Texas Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for Agent Martinez’s murder.