A 38-year-old Border Patrol agent was killed in a high-speed pursuit of a group of illegal immigrants in Mission, Texas on Wednesday.
U.S. Border Patrol has not confirmed the identity of the agent, but federal sources say the man was a father of two children. The agent was pursuing a group of migrants on an ATV when he crashed into a closed fence at high speed, the sources told Fox News.
“The death of an agent who died while securing our nation’s border is a tremendous loss for our organization and our nation, our prayers are with his family and co-workers during this difficult time,” said United States Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz.
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The agent was tracking the group of migrants at roughly 1 a.m. on Wednesday when the crash occurred. Authorities say other agents found him unresponsive and immediately attempted life-saving efforts and requested an EMS. The agent was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
“To me, it’s personal. We’ve lost Border Patrol agents in the recent weeks that are our friends. Just last night, we lost another friend. It has to stop,” Rep. Mayra Flores said.
BREAKING: Multiple federal sources tell me a 38-year-old Border Patrol agent was killed in Mission, TX in the RGV early this morning after he crashed his ATV into a gate while chasing a group of illegal immigrants at high speed. I’m told he was a father of two kids. @FoxNews— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) December 7, 2022
‘REALLY, REALLY TRAGIC NEWS’: @FoxNews learns a 38-year-old border patrol agent & father of two, was killed in a crash chasing a group of illegal immigrants this morning. @BillFOXLA reporting live from Hidalgo, TX: @BillHemmer @DanaPerino pic.twitter.com/UVc70y1Pyy— America’s Newsroom (@AmericaNewsroom) December 7, 2022