No evidence that Border Patrol agent was attacked before death in Texas

No evidence that Border Patrol agent was attacked before death in Texas

Martinez was patrolling near Van Horn, Texas, with his partner, Stephen Garland, when authorities said Garland radioed for help on the night of November 18. Patrick tweeted that Martinez was "murdered in the line of duty".

Garland was also injured but he survived. "There was no third-party blood or DNA evidence recovered from the scene or the agents' clothing".

The memo also states that due to his injuries, Garland's ability to recall the events has been impaired. Investigators said they have turned up no evidence "of a scuffle, altercation, or attack".

Although Trump, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas Sen. Trump Tweeted after mentioning the incident.

Martinez's death became a political talking point, with President Donald Trump saying Martinez was attacked and calling for a border wall. The office said that the cause of those injuries remained a mystery. After an autopsy released Tuesday stated that Martinez died from blunt-force trauma from an undetermined cause, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it had investigated several theories, but none of the interviews, "locations searched, or evidence collected and analyzed have produced evidence that would support the existence of a scuffle, altercation, or attack", reports the Los Angeles Times.

Martinez had fractures to his skull, right jaw, upper ribs and his right collarbone, the report by the El Paso County Medical Examiner's Office says.

Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carillo, who was one of the first responders on the scene, said at the time that there had been an increase in accidents on the heavily trafficked roadway, with truck drivers swerving out of their lanes because of heavy wind drafts.

Neither she nor the Martinez family had heard from Garland since the agent's death, she said. He also theorized that the agent's could have been sideswiped by a passing vehicle.

About 11:20 p.m. Martinez and another agent, Stephen "Michael" Garland, were found injured near a concrete-lined culvert - a tunnel used for water drainage. In an interview with the Current at the Border Security Expo last week, Cabrera said he knows with "absolute certainty" any claims that Martinez wasn't attacked are false.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a Border Patrol dispatcher working the night Martinez died got a call from his partner, who was "disoriented" but able to report they were both injured.

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In December, agents were chasing a tip that two undocumented brothers, suspected drug smugglers, had attacked the agents, according to a search warrant filed unsealed in New Mexico. Garland's distress call the night of the incident referenced running into a culvert.

Martinez was found at the bottom of a culvert and died of his injuries the next day. He was disoriented and unsure of his location, but he told the dispatcher he and Martinez were hurt.

A Customs and Border Protection spokesperson declined to comment on the case. The culvert's six channels are created to direct water beneath the highway.

"The height of the culvert to the area above the opening is approximately nine feet", the memo said.

Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council, said an attack from behind would explain why investigators found no evidence of a struggle. "Our view hasn't changed".

But no one could tell her what had happened. "It seems to me that they don't have any leads".

"There's no way he fell and dropped off that culvert", Cabrera said. "It's just dumb, the physics aren't there". Agent Martinez later succumbed to his injuries.

"There were no defensive wounds on Agent Martinez or his partner", McAleenan wrote in his memo.

"If you got hit from behind and didn't have a chance to defend yourself, then how would you defend yourself?"

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