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Texas sheriff: Border Patrol agents may have been hit by big rig, not attacked


A Culberson County Sheriff has gone on record to suggest that the controversial death of a border patrol agent along I-10 earlier this month may have been the result of a sideswipe accident with a passing semi truck rather than a physical attack.

One Border Patrol Agent Dies, Another Injured, Under Mysterious Circumstances

Around 11:20 p.m. on November 18, Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez, 36, and his unidentified partner were found severely injured in a concrete-lined culvert that runs along I-10 near Van Horne, Texas — about 30 miles from the Mexican border.

Martinez died as a result of his injuries, which included head trauma and broken bones. The unidentified Border Patrol agent was also seriously hurt and spent several days in the hospital. He says that he has no recollection of what happened to himself and Martinez on November 18.

President Trump and several other prominent Republicans have called the incident a deliberate attack and the FBI is offering a cash reward of $45,000 for information that would shed light on what happened to the Border Patrol agents.

Sheriff: Passing Truck May Be To Blame For Death Of Border Patrol Agent

The Texas sheriff who was first on the scene to assist the Border Patrol agents says that he does not believe that the two were victims of a physical attack. Rather, Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carrillo says that he thinks that the two men were accidentally hit by a truck along the side of the interstate: “From the beginning we were radioed to assist in the incident as an injury, not an assault. That’s the way it was communicated to us.”

Carrillo explained that truck traffic is heavy along I-10 and that there are often accidents as a result of gusting wind — and from drivers overcorrecting from wind gusts.

Carrillo said, “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.”

The FBI continues to investigate the incident.


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