KINGSVILLE, TX – On April 29, 2021, at approximately 1:00 p.m., two illegal aliens were run over by a Border Patrol vehicle in Kenedy County near Kingsville, TX. One illegal alien, a male Honduran national, died on the scene as a result of his injuries. Another illegal alien was transferred to a hospital in Harlingen via air ambulance and was discharged later in the day after medical personnel determined he did not suffer any serious injuries.
At the time of the incident, Border Patrol Agents were patrolling an area known for smuggling activity when they observed fresh footprints believed to belong to illegal aliens passing through the area. Agents on foot and in vehicles continued to search the area which was covered with extremely thick and tall grass interspersed with groves of taller vegetation.
As they searched, two groups of illegals emerged from different groves and were apprehended by agents. A third group of illegals who were burrowed in the tall grass also emerged and informed the agents of another individual who had been run over by a vehicle. When agents located this individual, he informed them that he and another man were run over by a Border Patrol vehicle while they were burrowed next to each other in the grass.
The individual helped agents find the second illegal alien at which time a BPA Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) on the scene immediately attended to the illegals. Agents requested an air ambulance for one man and determined the other individual succumbed to his injuries. The initial investigation indicates agents were not aware anyone was burrowed in the grass nor were they aware anyone had been run over by a vehicle until informed by an illegal alien.
The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General was notified of the incident. This Kenedy County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) and CBP Office of Professional Responsibility (CBP OPR) both responded to the scene and are reviewing this incident.