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Off-Duty FBI Officer Came Under Fire After Car Crash, Fired Back, Police Say

By Steve Neavling

An off-duty FBI police officer was driving on D.C. Route 295 when he exchanged gunfire with the occupant of another car following a two-vehicle collision. 

The collision occurred on Saturday afternoon in Northeast Washington D.C., where the officer’s Hyundai Elantra collided with another car, The Washington Post reports.

The FBI officer said he pursued the other vehicle when the driver refused to stop. That’s when he said an occupant with a handgun shot at him several times. 

After the occupant fired again, the officer said he returned fire. 

The FBI officer, who has not been identified, was not injured. 

The shooting remains under investigation, and as of Wednesday, the occupants of the other car have not been identified. 

Border Patrol Agent Killed in Car Crash Identified

By Steve Neavling

The Border Patrol agent who was killed in a solo car crash in a rural area of California near the U.S.-Mexico border has been identified. 

Daniel Salazar, 40, died about 5:40 a.m Friday when his agency-issued vehicle crashed and rolled over in East County, the Times of San Diego reports.

Salazar was the only occupant in the vehicle. 

Details of the crash are still unclear and under investigation. 

“This Border Patrol agent died while performing his duty, protecting our great nation and keeping our communities safe,” San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said in a statement. “Our prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”

On-Duty Border Patrol Agent Killed in Solo, Rollover Car Crash

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent was killed in a solo car crash in a rural area of California near the U.S.-Mexico border Friday morning. 

The agent was on duty and in an agency-issued vehicle when the crash occurred about 5:40 a.m. in rural East County, authorities told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The agent was alone in the heavily damaged, overturned vehicle.

No more details were immediately available. 

It was the first on-duty death for a Border Patrol agent this year. A CBP officer died from COVID-19 complications in January. 

In the 16 years ending in 2019, 45 CBP officers and Border Patrol agents died in the line of duty. There were no on-duty deaths reported in 2005 and 2015.

Bill to Rename Border Patrol Station in Honor of Fallen Agent Passes U.S. House

Fallen Border Patrol Agent Donna Doss.

By Steve Neavling

The U.S. House passed a bill that would rename the Border Patrol station in Rocksprings, Texas, in honor of fallen Agent Donna Doss. 

The bill, called the Donna M. Doss Memorial Act, would rename the station the Donna M. Doss Border Patrol Station. 

Doss, a 15-year-veteran of Border Patrol, was responding to a call for assistance when she was struck and killed by a vehicle in Abilene on Feb. 2, 2019.

“Donna Doss valiantly served our country as a Border Patrol Agent for nearly 16 years and was tragically killed in the line of duty in 2019,” Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Texas, said in a statement. “Like many of her colleagues in law enforcement, Donna Doss is a hero for her courageous service to our country and sacrificed for her fellow man.”

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, first introduced the bill in September 2020. He also honored Doss on the Senate floor following her death.

 “Officers like Agent Doss who are lost in the line of duty remind us of the courageous sacrifices that law enforcement, and their families, make each day,” Cornyn said.“Known for her commitment to public safety and her family, I’m proud to see that Agent Doss’ legacy of service to Texas will live on at the Border Patrol Station in Rocksprings in her honor.”

Rep. Tony Gonzalez, R-Texas, added, “Her death is a solemn reminder of the sacrifices our men and women in green – and their families – make every day. I am proud to have her legacy live on in our district by renaming the Rocksprings Border Patrol station in her honor.”

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Dies After Car Crashes into House in Texas

By Steve Neavling

An off-duty Border Patrol agent was killed in a car crash in Texas over the weekend. 

Stephanie Denise Camacho, 25, was driving a 2020 Honda Accord when she crashed into a house about 2 a.m. in Laredo, KGNS-TV reports.

Camacho was the only person in the car. 

She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A Border Patrol spokesperson said Camacho was a relatively new agent. 

No more details of the crash were available as of Tuesday morning. 

Laredo police are investigating. 

Border Patrol Agents Rescue Bleeding Man from Car Moments Before It Burst into Flames

Remains of the car gutted by a fire. Photo: CBP.

By Steve Neavling

Quick-acting Border Patrol agents rescued a man from a burning car just before it burst into flames. 

Agents from the McAllen Border Patrol Station in Texas heard a vehicle crash south of McAllen and immediately responded on Saturday. 

The driver was bleeding and slumped over the wheel, CBP said in a news release Monday. 

“While executing their border security mission within their area of responsibility, Border Patrol Agents sometimes encounter various emergency situations involving members of the general public.  Our agents immediately took action to save the life of the man involved in the crash, preventing any further injury,” Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Brian S. Hastings said in a statement.

It’s just the latest rescue by Border Patrol agents. 

In September, agents from the Brownsville Station rescued a woman from a smoking car before it erupted in flames on U.S. Highway 77 in Brownsville, Texas.

On the same day, an off-duty Border Patrol agent from the Laredo Sector witnessed an armed man destroying property in a parking lot and immediately called police. The gunman then began opening fire aimlessly, “causing chaos with the surrounding civilians,” CBP said in a news release. After helping clear people from the scene, the agent identified himself and deescalated the situation before police arrived.

On Aug. 29, CBP officers were credited with saving the life of a young woman who appeared to be overdosing on opioids. Two men carried the semi-conscious woman to the pedestrian lanes at the Douglas Port of Entry in Arizona on Sunday evening. While a supervisory CBP officer notified the Douglas Fire Department, a CBP-trained medic administered two doses of Narcan. 

On July 31, an off-duty Border Patrol agent saved a man from a burning car in metro Detroit.

Also in July, an off-duty agent from the El Centro Sector helped thwart a carjacking in what the agency called a “heroic act.”

In the same month, an off-duty Border Patrol agent in San Diego detained a man who was slashing a knife through the air while approaching bystanders.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Killed in Car Crash While on Duty

Deputy U.S. Marshal Jared Keyworth

By Steve Neavling

A deputy U.S. Marshal died in an on-duty car crash near Florence, Mississippi, while he was helping with an enforcement mission. 

Jared Keyworth, who was stationed in Baton Rouge, was airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson on Sept. 28, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release.

“The U.S. Marshals Service is deeply saddened by the loss of SI Keyworth. We are a close-knit family and Jared’s loss will be felt throughout the entire organization,” USMS Director Ronald L. Davis said in a statement. “This tragedy is a reminder of the inherent risks our men and women face on a daily basis.”

Details of the car crash weren’t immediately available.

Keyworth, an 11-year veteran of USMS, was a member of the Marshals Service’s Investigative Operations Division. 

Border Patrol Agent, Another Driver Killed in Head-On Crash in Southern Arizona

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent with the Tucson Sector was killed in a head-on crash near southern Arizona shortly after midnight on Saturday. 

The driver of the other car also died in the crash on State Route 86 outside of Sells.

Shortly after the wreck, both drivers were declared dead, Border Patrol said in a statement

A life flight and multiple emergency agencies responded to the scene. 

The identity of the agent was not released as of Monday morning, and details of the crash were not yet clear. Border Patrol said more information would be released at a later time.