MCALLEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent assigned to the McAllen Station was killed in an accident while on duty, federal authorities announced Wednesday.
At about 1 a.m. Wednesday, a Border Patrol agent on an all-terrain vehicle was assigned to the McAllen station and was tracking a group of suspects that illegally crossed the border.
While on the vehicle, the agent was involved in an accident near Mission, a release from the Border Patrol stated.
The release stated he was found unresponsive by his fellow agents who initiated life-saving efforts and requested EMS.
While Border Patrol has not released the agent’s name, Alton and San Benito Police Departments have shared condolences for Raul Gonzalez.
“Today, we mourn alongside our RGV Sector Border Patrol Family on the loss of Border Patrol Agent Raul Gonzalez,” the San Benito Police Department wrote in a Facebook post. “Agent Gonzalez tragically passed away in the line of duty early this morning in an ATV crash.”
The agent was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
“The death of an agent who died while securing our nation’s border is a tremendous loss for our organization and our nation, our prayers are with his family and co-workers during this difficult time,” said United States Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz.