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Authorities were scouring West Texas on Monday for those behind an apparent attack that killed one U.S. border agent and injured another.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a statement Sunday that was thin on details about what happened, saying the two agents "were responding to activity" while on patrol near Interstate 10 in the area of Van Horn, which is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the border with Mexico and about 110 miles (175 kilometers) southeast of El Paso.
An unidentified Border Patrol agent injured in an apparent attack over the weekend was released from a El Paso, Texas, hospital Wednesday, CBS News has learned.
The injured officer is in critical, but stable condition, said Victor Velasquez, the acting chief of the U.S. Border Patrol's Big Bend Sector. Martinez and his partner's injuries were extensive: broken bones and major head trauma.
A mysterious incident last weekend that left one Border Patrol agent dead in west Texas and another critically injured is being investigated as a possible attack, officials said.
The remote Big Bend sector, which includes almost a quarter of the southern border, is far from a migrant hot spot — mountains and a 510-mile stretch of the Rio Grande provide a natural barrier — but the Border Patrol reported an uptick last spring in drug smuggling all along the Texas border, with seizures of cocaine and heroin more than doubling.
The FBI is investigating a border patrol agent’s death as “potential assault” after he was attacked Saturday while on patrol in Texas, a bureau official said Tuesday afternoon. Officials are still working to “gather the facts” of the incident, which left U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent Rogelio Martinez dead and another agent, who has not been identified, injured.
BORDER PATROL AGENT APPEARED TO BE AMBUSHED BY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, BASHED WITH ROCKS BEFORE DEATH. FBI Spokeswoman Jeanette Harper told the San Antonio Express-News on Sunday that Martinez and his partner were “not fired upon.” While the FBI is investigating the attack on the officers as a “potential assault,” Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. said they’re currently treating the incident as an assault on a federal officer.