Texas offers reward in border agent's death

US Border Patrol agent dies from injuries suffered while on patrol near Big Bend Sunday morning

A Border Patrol agent died Sunday morning from injuries he suffered while on patrol in southwest Texas, the US Customs and Border Protection said.

Responding agents provided immediate medical care and transported both agents to a local hospital, where Martinez later died from his wounds.

President Trump tweeted his condolences to the family on Monday.

The incident or attack happened near Van Horn, which is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the Mexico border and about 110 miles (177 kilometers) southeast of El Paso.

He also offered "respect" to the families of the two agents. "I remain fully committed to working with the Border Patrol to provide them with all the resources they need to safeguard our nation", Cruz said.

Investigators haven't released certain details about the case, including what time it happened and whether they're pursuing specific suspects.

Jeanette Harper, a spokeswoman for the FBI's El Paso office, told the San Antonio Express-News the agents were not attacked with guns. Trump said on Twitter. "We will, and must, build the Wall".

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.

"We're going to straighten it out", he said.

The identity of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent who was fatally injured over the weekend in southern Texas has been revealed.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said the attack was "a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them".

"We are here for the families and colleagues of these fearless men who were maliciously attacked Sunday and will support them however we can". The agents were patrolling near Interstate 10, in the Van Horn station area of the sector.

Authorities were searching Texas' Big Bend area for suspects and witnesses Monday after US Customs and Border Protection agent Rogelio Martinez was allegedly bashed to death with a rock while on patrol. A spokesman with the El Paso Independent School District was unable to immediately confirm Martinez's enrollment at Irvin due to the district being closed for Thanksgiving week.

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