Border Patrol Agent Killed in Crash Near Dyess AFB
TYE, TX — A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agent was killed in the line of duty near Tye, Texas Saturday night.
According to the Texas DPS, Border Patrol Agent Donna Marie Doss, 48, of Abilene walked south to cross the south side access road on the eastbound side for Interstate 20 when a man driving a 2016 VW Tiguan struck her. Doss was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Abilene Police Officer’s Association said she was assisting DPS agents. Tye is on the west side of Abilene, just north of Dyess Air Force Base.
DPS identified the driver of the VW as Earl Stanfield Burge, 79, of Merkel. He was driving west on the southern access road. According to Google Maps, the centerline where the agent was hit is yellow, indicating the access road carries traffic both ways, which is common in rural areas.
A map was where the crash happened:
KTXS reported Sunday that DPS told them that they had detained Burge at the scene for questioning and toxicology tests. Burge was uninjured, according to DPS.
Sean Edward Stanfield Burge, 34, was the only passenger in he VW, according to DPS. He was also uninjured.
KTXS reported that Doss’ body was escorted by law enforcement to Fort Worth to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
Since the agent’s death, practically all surrounding law enforcement agencies have expressed their condolences.
“You will always be missed by everyone that had the pleasure to work alongside you. Your sunny smile, your happy attitude, your wit, and your dedication to your work, coworkers, and family have blessed everyone of us.
Rest easy, Sister. We have the watch from here.”
The crash happened at 8:15 p.m. February 2, 2019 at a location along I-20 that was 1.5 miles west of Tye. The weather was cloudy and the roadways dry, DPS reported.
DPS did not indicate if charges are pending.