FBI Launches Billboard Advertising Campaign Requesting Info About Killed Border Patrol Agent
EL PASO, TX — The FBI is launching a billboard campaign along Interstate 10 from Texas to California to publicize an award up to $45,000 for information leading to the resolution of the investigation into the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez and the injury of another U.S. Border Patrol agent that occurred on November 18, 2017 in Van Horn.
Law enforcement is expanding its query for information to cover the Southwest Border: Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and the state of Texas.
The FBI is seeking anyone who was driving through Van Horn from 10 p.m. to midnight on November 18. If that was you, please contact the FBI with any information.
The billboard campaign is conducted through Clear Channel Outdoor and Lamar Advertising and will run on digital billboards near the Texas-Mexico border in the southwest United States.
The FBI is asking anyone with information about this tragic incident to contact the FBI 24 hours a day at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or online at tips.fbi.gov. The FBI is aggressively investigating all leads coming in from the public and through investigative activities.
On November 18, 2017, at approximately 11:20 p.m., U.S. Border Patrol Agents from the Van Horn Station in the Big Bend Sector located two injured Border Patrol agents in a culvert area adjacent to Interstate 10, about 12 miles east of Van Horn. They provided the injured agents with immediate medical care and transported them to a local Van Horn hospital.
The two U.S. Border Patrol agents sustained traumatic head injuries, along with other miscellaneous physical injuries, such as broken bones.
At a local hospital in Van Horn that night, medical professionals discovered both of the agents’ injuries were so severe they required advanced medical care. The injured agents were airlifted separately to a local hospital in El Paso, where Agent Martinez died of his injuries the next day.
The second injured Border Patrol agent lived, but is still in the hospital.
The FBI, as the lead agency for investigating any potential assault on a federal officer, became the lead on this investigation on November 19.
Whenever the FBI suspects a member of the federal law enforcement community has been the victim of a violent assault, the FBI is responsible for investigating the matter.