US U.S. border patrol agent may have died from fall, not attack -memo

02:21  12 february  2018
02:21  12 february  2018 Source:   Reuters

Border Patrol agent death: What we know

  Border Patrol agent death: What we know The mystery surrounding the death of US Border Patrol agent Rogelio "Roger" Martinez is nowhere close to being solved. In the more than two months since Martinez's patrolled the West Texas desert for the last time, the FBI interviewed hundreds of people, combed through cellular data and analyzed DNA from the scene. Yet, authorities are still trying to determine how Martinez got injured and eventually died. Here is what we know about the mysterious death and the investigation. What happened?Martinez, 36, died late on the evening of November 18.

(CNN) Was this a brutal attack or an unfortunate fall ? More than a week after border patrol agent Rogelio Martinez was mortally wounded -- and While many officials say Martinez was attacked , the local sheriff told The Dallas Morning News that Martinez might have died from falling into the culvert.

on the condition of anonymity, said Rogelio Martinez was found at the bottom of a 14-foot culvert and that investigators believe he may have fallen . The Border Patrol website lists 38 agents , not including Martinez, who have died since late 2003. Some were attacked while working along the

A Border Patrol vehicle is seen along the U.S. border fence in Brownsville, Texas, U.S. November 17, 2016.© REUTERS/Jon Herskovitz A Border Patrol vehicle is seen along the U.S. border fence in Brownsville, Texas, U.S. November 17, 2016. A federal investigation into the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Texas has found no evidence he was attacked, as President Donald Trump suggested at the time, but may have died from a fall, an internal federal agency memo shows.

The message from Kevin McAleenan, acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to his staff said an exhaustive probe into the death of agent Rogelio Martinez was still under way but had not yet turned up any signs he was the victim of a crime.

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"We do not know all the answers at this time. However, according to the FBI, currently none of the completed interviews, locations searched, or collected and analyzed evidence have produced evidence that would support the existence of a scuffle, altercation or attack," McAleenan wrote in the memo.

FBI: No evidence of attack in Border Patrol agent's death

  FBI: No evidence of attack in Border Patrol agent's death FBI officials said Wednesday that the investigation into the November death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent has yielded no evidence that there was a "scuffle, altercation or attack" more than two months after President Donald Trump and others used the suggestion of an attack to promote the building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.Investigators have conducted more than 650 interviews and involved 37 field offices in their probe, but have not found definitive evidence of an attack, the FBI said in a statement. The investigation will continue and the reward of up to $50,000 for information that closes the case will remain.

A U . S . official with knowledge of the investigation into the death of a border patrol agent said Rogelio Martinez was found at the bottom of a 14-foot culvert and that investigators believe he may have fallen . Martinez is the second agent to have died this year.

on the condition of anonymity, said Rogelio Martinez was found at the bottom of a 14-foot culvert and that investigators believe he may have fallen . The Border Patrol website lists 38 agents , not including Martinez, who have died since late 2003. Some were attacked while working along the

Martinez and another agent who survived, Stephen Garland, were in sparsely populated Culberson County, about 130 miles (210 km) southeast of El Paso, on Nov. 19 when they suffered head injuries and broken bones.

Garland's injuries have left him unable to recall the incident.

Last week the FBI's El Paso Field Office said in a statement that after conducting 650 interviews it had found no evidence of an attack. An autopsy report released a day earlier showed that Martinez died of blunt-force trauma.

Shortly after Martinez's death, Trump tweeted: "Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt. We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!"

According to McAleenan's memo, both agents appeared to have fallen into a nine-foot-deep culvert near Interstate 10 at about 11:30 p.m. local time on a moonless night.

In late November, the U.S. Department of Justice offered a $25,000 reward for information related to a "potential assault on a federal officer" in the case.

Some 33 border agents have died on duty since the CBP was created in 2003, the libertarian think tank Cato Institute said in a report after Martinez' death. Of those, about half were from auto accidents and four were murdered, the institute said.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by Paul Simao, Alistair Bell and Daniel Wallis)

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DETROIT — A judge has ordered a mental competency examination for a 43-year-old man charged in the fatal shooting of a Detroit police officer. Decharlos Brooks was arraigned Tuesday on first-degree murder and murder of a peace officer charges.WDIV-TV reports that Brooks' defense attorney requested the competency exam. A hearing is scheduled April 6.Glenn Doss was in a patrol car when he was shot in the head Jan. 24 while responding with his partner to a domestic violence complaint on Detroit's eastside. The 25-year-old Doss died several days later at a hospital.

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