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Border Patrol Agent in Texas Dies in the Line of Duty

EXCLUSIVE – A US Border Patrol agent died while on duty in Texas on Wednesday. Washington Examiner learned from two federal police officers.

The agent, Jorge Maldonado, was a supervisor based in Eagle Pass in South Texas. Representative Tony Gonzales (R-TX), whose district includes Eagle Pass, confirmed to the Washington Examiner On Wednesday evening it was announced that Maldonado had died.

The government has not officially released details of the cause of death, but it is believed that the death was caused by heat-related health problems and not an attack while on duty, according to two agents who were not authorized to speak to the media.

Maldonado was featured in a 2020 Facebook post by the City of Eagle Pass celebrating Border Patrol agents who had recently completed their emergency medical technician training.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the federal agency that oversees border patrol, did not respond to requests for comment.

A private Facebook page for agents in Eagle Pass posted information about the line-of-duty death on Wednesday, and members posted comments to express their condolences to the community.

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In March, Border Patrol Agent Chris Luna died in a helicopter crash while on duty. Luna was also stationed at one of the Border Patrol's stations in Eagle Pass.

The Border Patrol has about 19,000 officers nationwide. Deaths in the line of duty are rare.

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