Border patrol agent's death likely an accident

FBI: No evidence that Border Patrol agent was attacked before death in Texas

Border Patrol agents were assaulted in Texas last fall, in an event that left one dead. Martinez was found November 19 with fellow agent Stephen Garland, who had also been seriously injured - but survived the incident.

The Border Patrol union has repeatedly said the agents were "ambushed". "The dispatcher also recorded in a Border Patrol log, "[He] thinks they (both agents) ran into a culvert". This fact matters because ever since Martinez was found with a fractured skull in a West Texas culvert, conservative lawmakers and media outlets have eagerly blamed undocumented immigrants for his death. "We will, and must, build the Wall!". "This is a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our community and those charged with defending them".

President Donald Trump used the death of a Border Patrol agent last November to call for his wall across the US southern border but the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced on Wednesday there is no evidence the man's death was a homicide.

Mr. Martinez, who lived in El Paso and became an agent in 2013, and Mr. Garland were patrolling the Big Bend sector, a vast area of 135,000 square miles in Texas and Oklahoma. Agent Martinez later succumbed to his injuries. "The FBI is still keeping jurisdiction, and last time I checked, the FBI doesn't investigate traffic accidents". Garland was released from the hospital but can't remember anything about the incident, officials said.

"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.

Concentrated investigative activities and canvasses for witnesses and evidence have taken place across the United States. A total of 26 searches have been carried out in Texas and New Mexico. Investigators also talked to six employees of Union Pacific Railroad, which had locomotives in the area.

To date, none of the 650 interviews, search locations, evidence collected or analyzed have produced any evidence that support the existence of a scuffle, altercation, or attack on November 18, 2017.

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Authorities were also alerted by Garland's wife, who called the Van Horn Border Patrol station saying she'd received a cell phone call in which her husband seemed confused and disoriented, according to an agent who spoke with her. They have found no evidence to support that.

The FBI had identified two persons of interests in the case.

The FBI's statement came a day after the El Paso County Medical Examiner's Office issued its autopsy report, stating that Martinez, 36, died from blunt injuries to the head. The exact manner of death was undetermined.

The men, from Portales, have been indicted for "offenses involving the smuggling of an alien".

Cops and politicians blasted Trump's premature assumption, and on Wednesday evening, the FBI released the result of a months-long investigation: there's no evidence to suggest that Martinez's death was the result of a "scuffle, altercation or attack". The defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The agents did not suffer "defensive wounds" and investigators did not find "third-party blood or DNA evidence" in the scene or the agents' clothing, according to an internal memo, from acting US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, which was obtained by CNN.

The FBI will continue to investigate the incident involving Agent Martinez and his partner, and will pursue any new and relevant tips and leads.

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