Thursday, February 08, 2018
There was no evidence of an attack that led to the on-duty death in November of a U.S. Border Patrol agent, the FBI said on Wednesday in the case that prompted President Donald Trump to renew calls for a border wall with Mexico.
"To date none of the more than 650 interviews completed, locations searched, or evidence collected and analyzed have produced evidence that would support the existence of a scuffle, altercation, or attack," the Federal Bureau of Investigation El Paso Field Office said in a statement.
The National Border Patrol Council, a union representing border patrol agents, said in November that it believes Martinez was killed by rocks in an ambush.
Union officials were not immediately available for comment on Wednesday.
Martinez and another agent, who survived, were in sparsely populated Culberson County, about 130 miles (210 km) southeast of El Paso, when they suffered head injuries and broken bones. Agent Stephen Garland, found in a culvert with Martinez, has trouble remembering the incident, according to local media reports.
The agent who survived told a dispatcher at the time that he and Martinez were hurt and was quoted as saying "We ran into a culvert," and "I ran into a culvert," the FBI said.
Shortly after the agent'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!"
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