Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Shot and Killed

WILLACY COUNTY (KRGV) - An off-duty Border Patrol agent was shot and killed while fishing with his family. Two suspects are in custody.

Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora told CHANNEL 5 NEWS the agent was shot in the chest Sunday night after an attempted robbery. According to Zamora, the gunmen saw the agent had a gun in his holster and opened fire.

Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said another person was also injured in the shooting. That person was identified as one of the Border Patrol agent's relatives. Both victims were driven to the hospital in personal vehicles.

Border Patrol agents and DPS troopers assisted with the investigation. Spence said authorities are still looking for the crime scene, but they suspect it happened near Santa Monica.

Family members with the agent gave authorities a description of the suspects' vehicle. Authorities found the vehicle on FM 2629, close to the floodway. We're told no one was inside. Investigators searched the area and found the two suspects on foot. They were arrested close to the county line, near Sebastian.


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