US Border Patrol agent died of head injuries, autopsy says

Agent Rogelio Martinez

Agent Rogelio Martinez

Rogelio and fellow agent Stephen Garland, who survived, were found in a 9-foot deep culvert next to Interstate 10 in the Big Bend Sector of Texas Nov. 18 with head injuries and broken bones.

Border Patrol union spokesman Chris Cabrera had said Garland wants to remember and wants the events of that night out in the open.

"The dispatcher also wrote into a Border Patrol log, "[He] thinks they (both agents) ran into a culvert".

The National Border Patrol Council, which endorsed Trump's presidential bid, took it one step further, asserting - seemingly without any evidence - that Martinez had been stoned to death by undocumented immigrants.

Then late Wednesday, Emmerson Buie Jr. special agent in charge of the FBI's El Paso office, which led the investigation, released a blockbuster statement: "To date none of the more than 650 interviews completed, locations searched, or evidence collected and analyzed have produced evidence that would support the existence of a scuffle, altercation, or attack on November 18, 2017". He was disoriented and unsure of his location, but he told the dispatcher he and Martinez were hurt.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also described both agents as having been "attacked" and suggested that it was the result of an "unsecure border". The FBI released the statement the day after an autopsy report was released stating Martinez died of blunt force trauma to the head, but with no determination of what caused the injury. Martinez's partner, who has not been identified, told a Border Patrol dispatcher, according to an Federal Bureau of Investigation statement.

He also said something about running into a culvert, but the dispatcher could not make out exactly what he said.

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The FBI says they are continuing to investigate Agent Martinez's death as a high priority and will pursue any new and relevant tips.

Chris Cabrera, a spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council, said that despite the F.B.I.'s report and the autopsy results, he still believed that Mr. Martinez was attacked on the night of November 18.

"As part of this effort, the FBI has investigated multiple theories, including whether the Border Patrol Agents were ambushed or attacked or whether their injuries were as a result of an accident or any other relevant criminal activity", El Paso Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. said in a press statement Wednesday afternoon. As part of this effort, the FBI has investigated multiple theories, including whether the Border Patrol Agents were ambushed or attacked or whether their injuries were as a result of an accident or any other relevant criminal activity.

The manner of Martinez's death is still "undetermined".

Shortly after Mr Martinez's death, Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carrillo cast doubt on the notion that the agent had died in an attack. An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. "As part of this effort, the FBI has investigated multiple theories, including whether the Border Patrol Agents were ambushed or attacked or whether their injuries were as a result of an accident or any other relevant criminal activity".

The FBI statement offered the most detailed information to date on the events of November 18.

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