VAN HORN, Texas — The Latest on the death in Texas of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent (all times local):
Texas is offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who killed a U.S. border agent and injured another.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced the reward in a statement Monday in which he expressed gratitude to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.
Agent Rogelio Martinez was killed and his partner was seriously injured Sunday in what elected officials have said was an attack near Van Horn, which is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the Mexico border and about 110 miles (177 kilometers) southeast of El Paso. Martinez’s partner, whose name hasn’t been released, is hospitalized in serious condition.
Investigators haven’t released certain details about the case, including what time it happened and whether they’re pursuing specific suspects. An FBI spokeswoman did say the agents were not shot.
President Donald Trump has offered condolences to the family of a Border Patrol agent who was killed in an apparent attack in West Texas.
Trump says a second officer injured Sunday was “brutally beaten and badly, badly hurt” but “looks like he’ll make it.”
The president spoke at a Cabinet meeting Monday at the White House. He says the wall he has promised to build along the border between the U.S. and Mexico is on the agenda.
Trump says the wall is necessary because “it’s rough territory” down there and a lot of things are happening along the border, including drug trafficking. He pledged that “we’re going to straighten it out.”
The Border Patrol has released few details about what led to the death of 36-year-old Agent Rogelio Martinez, including whether investigators have any suspects or think smugglers or people who were in the country illegally were involved.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz have characterized it as an attack that caused the weekend death of a border agent and injuring of a second.
The Republican senator said in a statement Sunday that 36-year-old Agent Rogelio Martinez died as a result of the attack earlier that day near Van Horn, which is about 30 miles from the Mexico border and 110 miles southeast of El Paso. He said the nation is grateful “for the courage and sacrifice of our border agents.”
Abbott also described the incident as an attack in a tweet Sunday.
The Border Patrol hasn’t released many details about what happened. It…