Mission, TX – United States Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Agent Raul Humberto Gonzalez died in the line of duty on Dec. 7 while chasing a group of illegal immigrants near the U.S. border with Mexico.
The fatal incident occurred at approximately 1 a.m. on Wednesday, U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) Chief Raul Ortiz said in a press release.
Agent Gonzalez, 38, was traveling on an all-terrain vehicle at a high rate of speed while pursuing a group of suspects who illegally crossed into the United States from Mexico when he slammed into a large metal gate on Schuerbach Road, KURV reported.
“He was found unresponsive by his fellow agents who immediately initiated life-saving efforts and requested [emergency medical services],” Chief Ortiz said.
Agent Gonzalez was rushed to a local hospital by ambulance, where he succumbed to his injuries.
No details regarding the individuals he was pursuing were immediately released, and it is unclear if they were apprehended.
“The death of an agent who dies while securing our nation’s border is a tremendous loss for our organization and our nation,” Chief Ortiz said. “Our prayers are with his family and co-workers during this difficult time.”
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