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Border Patrol Agent Vega Jr.’s Murder Reclassified as Line of Duty Death

Javier Vega Jr.

Javier Vega Jr.

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr., who was killed while fishing with family in Santa Monica in August 2014, died in the line of duty, a Border Patrol committee has determined.

“It means so much that Harvey finally gets the respect and recognition he deserves,” said Marie Vega, Javier’s mother, calling her son by his family nickname, the San Antonio Express-News reports. “He paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting us.”

Vega was killed while trying to protect his family during an armed robbery attempt that placed his family in danger. His father, Javier Vega Sr., was shot in the back but survived.

Vega Jr. was killed by the robbers.

Two illegal immigrants from Mexico are facing capital capital murder charges in connection with the case. They are Ismael Hernandez-Vallejo, 43, and Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval, 32, who were arrested hours after the shooting.

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More Than 50 Police Officers Murdered in Line of Duty in 2014

gunBy Steve Neavling

More than 50 police officers were murdered in the line of duty in 2014, according to new FBI statistics.

Of the 96 officers killed, 51 were killed as a result of felonious acts, the Washington Post reports. 

The average number of officers killed per year in the past decade is 50.5.

Of the 51 officers, 46 were killed by guns; four were killed by cars.

The suspects were killed in 19 of the cases.

Fewer Law Enforcement Officers Killed in Line of Duty in 2012, FBI Reports

 Steve Neavling

Law enforcement is a dangerous job, but fewer police officers were killed in the line of duty last year, according to newly released FBI statistics.

The bureau reported 95 cop-related deaths in 2012, compared to 125 a year earlier, Phoenix New Times reports.

The officers included in the reports are “duly sworn city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement officers.”

Read the full report here.