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Wild Hog Triggers 2-Car Crash That Killed Border Patrol Agent, 2 Others in Texas

By Steve Neavling

A wild hog triggered a two-car accident that killed a Border Patrol agent and two other people in Southwest Texas.

A Ford Expedition traveling late Monday on a rural road near Uvalde struck the hog, causing the vehicle to swerve into oncoming traffic and collide head-on with a Mercedes SUV, driven by a 27-year-old Border Patrol agent who was driving home at the end of a shift at the agency’s station in Uvalde, about 11o miles southwest of San Antonio, according to the Associated Press. 

The agent, Antonio Cordova, and the driver of the Expedition, 51-year-old Ruby Garza, were pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the Expedition, 51-year-old Julia Vasquez, died at the hospital.

Both cars erupted in flames.

Feral hogs are a big nuisance in Texas.

Memorial Services Set for Border Patrol Agent in Mysterious Death in Texas

Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was found dead at the bottom of a ravine in west Texas.

By Steve Neavling

While authorities investigate the mysterious death of a Border Patrol agent in Texas, his family, friends and colleagues are preparing for the 36-year-old’s memorial service. 

Angelo Rogelio “Roger” Martinez, who was responding to a triggered sensor on Sunday night in west Texas, was found with “traumatic head injuries” and broken bones. He died early Sunday from head injuries.

His partner, who has not been identified, also was found with head injuries and was in critical condition. They were found at the bottom of a ravine.

The union representing Border Patrol officers insist the agents were attacked with rocks, but the FBI is not so sure.

In the meantime, Martinez’s family is struggling to make sense of what happened.

“I loved him, and I miss him,” Elvia Martinez told CNN.

Visitation services are scheduled for today at from 5-9 p.m. local time at Martin Funeral Home in El Paso, followed by a vigil at 7 p.m. The funeral is set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

FBI, ATF Help in Manhunt Following Fatal Shooting of Pennsylvania Officer

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling

The ATF and FBI have joined the hunt for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a rookie cop in Pennsylvania.

An arrest warrant has been issued for 29-year-old Rahmael Sal Holt, who is accused of killing New Kensington Officer Brian Shaw during a traffic stop Friday night, KDKA/AP reports.

Holt has a lengthy criminal record, ranging from assault to carrying a firearm without a license.

The 25-year-old rookie officer was chasing Holt on foot when the cop was shot in the chest. 

The FBI, U.S. Marshall’s Service and ATF contributed a combined $40,000 in reward money for the capture of Holt.

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Border Patrol Agent Killed, Prompting Trump to Renew Calls for Wall

By Steve Neavling

The FBI has taken over an investigation into the death of a Border Patrol agent in Texas Big Bend area, where his partner also was seriously injured Sunday. 

A Border Patrol spokesman declined to divulge what caused the injuries but said the FBI and other authorities are looking for potential suspects and witnesses.

Agent Rogelio Martinez, 36, and his Big Bend partner “were responding to activity while on patrol near Interstate 10, in the Van Horn Station area,” Customs and Border Patrol announced Sunday

Martinez’s partner called for assistance, saying both of them were injured.

Agents who responded provided immediate medical care and transported both agents to a local hospital.

Martinez, who had been a Border Patrol agent since August 2013, was later pronounced dead, and his partner, whose name has not been released, was still in the hospital Sunday in serious condition.

President Trump responded in a tweet Sunday night, renewing his call for a border wall with Mexico.

Yuma Border Patrol Agents Involved in Crazy Chase, Hijacking, Fatal Shooting

yuma-shooting-border-patrolBy Steve Neavling

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents were involved in a fatal shooting after two high-speed chases, several exchanges of gunfire and the hijacking of a commercial truck in Arizona.

The shooting suspect was killed after firing his weapon numerous times at law enforcement officials.

The violence began at 12:56 a.m., when a state trooper pulled over a Ford Mustang for a traffic violation, KSWT reports. The front-seat passenger shot at a trooper and then fled with the Mustang along I-10.

After a 6-mile chase, the Mustang stopped before the suspect fired at Border Patrol agents, fled on foot and hijacked a commercial truck.

The suspect drove the truck along I-10 before exiting, exchanging fire with law enforcement and heading toward Main Street, where the vehicle stopped.

The suspect and law enforcement exchanged fire. The suspect was struck by a bulett and later died.

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Man Dies After Breaching TSA Security Checkpoint at Honolulu International Airport

Honolulu International Airport

Honolulu International Airport

By Steve Neavling

A man in his 40s died after being detained for breaching a TSA security checkpoint at the Honolulu International Airport.

The incident began after Department of Transportation officials said the suspect rushed through an exit lane of a security checkpoint and entered an area where ticketed passengers were waiting to board their flights on Saturday morning, CBS affiliate KGMB reports.

“All of a sudden this man, a very large man, ran through the terminal and started ramming himself through the doors,” reported Hawaii News Now’s Mahealani Richardson. “He looked like he was trying to get out to the runway where the planes are.”

The man was placed in custody.

“Even after he was detained, there was still a struggle and the suspect remained combative and at that point is when he became unresponsive,” said Tim Sakahara, DOT spokesperson.

The man died after being taken to the hospital.

Honolulu police are investigating.

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Deputy U.S. Marshal Killed in Shootout While Trying to Serve Arrest Warrant

Dontrell Carter

Dontrell Carter

By Steve Neavling

A deputy U.S. marshal was shot and killed Friday evening while while trying to serve an arrest warrant in south Georgia.

Patrick Carothers, 53, entered a house near Ludowici to arrest Dontrell Montese Carter when the suspect opened fire and hit the officer twice, according to the U.S. Marshal Service.

Carothers, who left behind a wife and five children, was a deputy commander and 26-year veteran.

Officers fired back and struck Carter multiple times.

Both Carner and Carothers died at the hospital.

Carter, 25, was wanted for attempted murder of police officers and domestic violence.

“Our deputies and law enforcement partners face dangers every day in the pursuit of justice nationwide,” the U.S. Marshall Service wrote in a statement. “The fugitive who killed Deputy Commander Carothers was extremely dangerous, wanted for trying to kill law enforcement officers and deliberately evading authorities. Pat is a hero and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and five children.”

Report: Engineer of Commuter Train That Crashed in New Jersey Had Medical Condition

New Jersey Transit train, via Wikipedia

New Jersey Transit train, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling

The engineer of the commuter train that crashed into a New Jersey rail station, killing a woman, suffered from a form of sleep apnea, according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Thomas Gallagher, 48, said he has no memory of the crash at the Hoboken station on Sept. 29 as the train was traveling twice the 10 mph speed limit, The New York Daily News reports.

Gallagher wasn’t diagnosed with sleep apnea until later the crash.

The crashed injured 108 on the train and platform.

“My client was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea just recently, during an examination by an expert that I arranged after the accident,” Gallagher’s attorney, Jack Arseneault, told WCBS-TV in a statement. “Those results were forwarded to the NTSB on Oct. 31.