Fatal Encounters with CBP

 

FATAL ENCOUNTERS WITH CBP SINCE 2010

Updated June 11, 2021

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which includes the Border Patrol, is the largest federal law enforcement agency in the country. CBP’s lack of accountability and oversight paired with its culture of violence has resulted in the loss of lives of U.S. citizens and noncitizens. No agent in the 90 year history of the agency has been successfully convicted of a killing while on duty. 

SBCC has tracked these deaths based on media coverage and press releases from CBP at the time of these incidents. Since January 2010, at least 126 people have died as the result of an encounter with a CBP agent. Many more have been brutalized, in some cases causing life-altering injuries. These deaths are an undercount. According to a 2020 report from the Government Accountability Office, CBP does not have reliable information on deaths and has not consistently reported death-related information to Congress.

According to SBCC's analysis, 55 of these deaths were caused by an on-duty CBP agent’s use of force including a fatal shooting, asphyxiation, a Taster, beating or a chemical agent. Another 35 deaths were due to vehicle collisions involving Border Patrol, the majority (26) of which occurred during high-speed car chases initiated by Border Patrol. In addition, 21 of the deaths were related to failure to provide adequate medical attention or medical emergencies, either while individuals were in CBP custody or directly after an encounter with agents. 11 deaths were homicides carried out by off-duty officers and in these cases, agents were often charged, convicted and sentenced to prison time. Four were due to unknown or other causes, including 2 cases of alleged suicide.

For additional information about these encounters and data visualizations, please visit the Abuse of Power and Its Consequences page of Border Lens.

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2021

9 deaths

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126. Unknown
Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Alleged suicide (Other)
Incident Date: June 1, 2021
Incident Location: Sierra Blanca, TX

A person was killed by Border Patrol after failing to yield to agents.

According to a CBP statement:

As a HCSO Deputy Sheriff and BPAs approached the vehicle, they heard a gunshot. After approximately one hour, HCSO Deputies, BPAs and TX Department of Public Safety State Troopers approached the vehicle and discovered the driver with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Hudspeth County, TX, Justice of the Peace later pronounced the driver, a nineteen year old U.S. Citizen, deceased.

125. Unknown
Age: Unknown
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Bee attack (Medical)
Incident Date: June 1, 2021
Incident Location: San Antonio, TX

On May 25, Border Patrol agents near Carrizo Springs, Texas, responded to a 911 call from an individual who stated that she and another individual had been attacked by bees. The agents located the two individuals, one of whom, a male Mexican citizen, was unresponsive. The man was transported to the Dimmit County Medical Center, and subsequently to the San Antonio Methodist Hospital. On May 26, the man was pronounced deceased by hospital staff.

124. Silvestre Vargas Estrada
Age: 26
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: May 14, 2021
Incident Location: Campo, CA

Border Patrol agents shot and killed a man who was a San Diego resident in a parking lot after following his vehicle in a high-speed chase.

123. Unknown
Age: Unknown
Nationality: Honduran
Cause of Death: Car accident (Vehicle collision) 
Incident Date: April 29, 2021
Incident Location: Kingsville, TX

A Honduran man who was hidden by grass was hit by a Border Patrol vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

122. Humberto Torres Iracheta
Age: 71
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Car accident (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: April 24, 2021
Incident Location: Hidalgo, TX

Humberto Torres Iracheta was riding his bicycle at 5 am, and was struck by Border Agent Francisco Javier Vallejo in his pickup truck. Vallejo then fled the scene.

121. Unknown
Age: 29
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Medical distress (Medical)
Incident Date: April 24, 2021
Incident Location: Hebbronville, TX

On April 15, 2021, remote cameras monitored by the Border Patrol, near Hebbronville, TX, captured a Toyota Tacoma containing multiple people laying down in the bed of the vehicle. The initial investigation revealed Border Patrol Agents responded to the area, located the vehicle, and initiated a traffic stop. When the vehicle stopped, agents witnessed several occupants flee while one occupant remained inside. Border Patrol agents gave commands to the man to exit the vehicle but he did not respond. The Texas Department of Public Safety arrived and provided assistance to the agents. When the agents approached the Toyota, they found a man in medical distress. A Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician provided medical care and notified Duval County EMS which transported the man to the Christus Spohn Hospital in Alice, TX, where he was pronounced dead. No other occupants from the vehicle were apprehended. The identity and nationality of the deceased male has not yet been determined. This incident is under review by the Nueces County Medical Examiner and the CBP Office of Professional Responsibility. The DHS Office of Inspector General was notified of the incident. 

120. Unknown
Age: 29
Nationality: Guatemalan
Cause of Death: Unknown (Medical)
Incident Date: March 28, 2021
Incident Location: Tucson, AZ

The 29-year-old man was picked up by Casa Grande Border Patrol agents on March 25, and, according to Border Patrol, showed “signs of medical distress” while at the Tucson Coordination Center. He was pronounced dead two days later.

119. Unknown
Age: Unknown
Nationality:Unknown
Cause of Death: Unknown (Medical)
Incident Date: March 28, 2021
Incident Location: Eagle Pass, TX

On March 10, 2021, an adult male in United States Border Patrol custody in Eagle Pass, TX, began to exhibit signs of medical distress. Agents called for Emergency Medical Services and rendered aid. Shortly after, the man passed away. The event is being investigated by the Eagle Pass, Texas Police Department and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Professional Responsibility.

118. Diosmani Ramos
Age: 23
Nationality: Cuban
Cause of Death:  Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: January 29, 2021
Incident Location: Hidalgo, TX

Diosmani Ramos was shot by a Border Patrol agent sometime around 7:38 am, about a mile away from the Hidalgo port of entry. Diosmani was holding a stone, and the Border Patrol agent shot him in the chest when he refused to drop it. Diosmani was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9 am.

 

2020

17 deaths

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117. Benjamin Marley Manley
Age: 36
Nationality: American
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: December 16, 2020
Incident Location: Truth and Consequences, NM

A man was killed during a car chase in which he allegedly shot at Border Patrol agents, who returned fire. While initially CBP reported that the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, later reports indicate that it is unclear whether the man died as a result of the exchange of fire, or from a self-inflicted wound. 

116. Unknown
Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Car crash (Vehicle collision) 
Incident Date: November 6, 2020
Incident Location: Calexico, CA

A man was killed after being run over by a Border Patrol vehicle. Officials said the Border Patrol agent was responding to a report of an unauthorized entry into the US from Mexico, and he was unable to avoid driving over the man, who was lying in the road. The man was transported to a nearby hospital and then airlifted to a trauma center in Palm Springs, where he died.

115. David Angel Villalobos-Baldovinos
Age: 30
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: October 23, 2020
Incident Location: San Ysidro, CA

David, a long-time California resident, was fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent when attempting to enter the U.S.

114. Name Withheld
Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: October 23, 2020
Incident Location: Laredo, TX

A driver allegedly transporting undocumented people was fatally shot by Border Patrol agents.

113. Name Withheld 
Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: September 21, 2020
Incident Location: Nogales, AZ

A man was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent after he wounded the agent with a knife.

112. Unknown
Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Car crash (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: July 26, 2020
Incident Location: Del Rio, TX

Border Patrol agents attempted to initiate a vehicle stop and the driver attempted to elude agents by fleeing at an accelerated speed. Agents ultimately lost sight of the vehicle and it was located a short time later where it had rolled over. Agents arrived on scene and discovered several injured persons. Two people, believed to be undocumented immigrants, were killed in the crash.

111. Unknown
Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Car crash (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: July 26, 2020
Incident Location: Del Rio, TX

Border Patrol agents attempted to initiate a vehicle stop and the driver then attempted to elude agents by fleeing at a high rate of speed. Agents ultimately lost sight of the vehicle and it was located a short time later where it had rolled over. Agents arrived on scene and discovered several injured persons. Two people who are believed to be undocumented immigrants were killed in the crash.

110. Name Withheld 
Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: July 9, 2020
Incident Location: Calexico, CA

A man was shot and killed by CBP officers after approaching an officer and a security guard with a knife.

109. Name Withheld 
Age: 28
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Unknown (Medical)
Incident Date: July 6, 2020
Incident Location: Laredo, Texas

Border Patrol agents responded to a call of a man in distress on a remote ranch. The man was taken to a hospital, where he passed away.

108. Name Withheld 
Age: 19
Nationality: U.S.
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision) 
Incident Date: June 25, 2020
Incident Location: El Paso, Texas

A pickup truck crashed after a high speed chase involving Border Patrol. This person was one of the 7 passengers who died in the crash. 

107. Santos Porfirio-Garcia
Age: 32
Nationality: Guatemalan
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision) 
Incident Date: June 25, 2020
Incident Location: El Paso, Texas

A pickup truck crashed after a high speed chase involving Border Patrol. Santos Porfirio-Garcia was one of the 7 passengers who died in the crash.

106. Yadira Barrera
Age: 16
Nationality: American
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision) 
Incident Date: June 25, 2020
Incident Location: El Paso, Texas

A pickup truck crashed after a high speed chase involving Border Patrol. Yadira Barrera  was one of the 7 passengers who died in the crash.

105. Liliana Jimenez
Age: 16
Nationality: American
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision) 
Incident Date: June 25, 2020
Incident Location: El Paso, Texas

A pickup truck crashed after a high speed chase involving Border Patrol. Liliana Jimenez  was one of the 7 passengers who died in the crash.

104. Elvira Tot-Chiroy
Age: 19
Nationality: Guatemalan
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision) 
Incident Date: June 25, 2020
Incident Location: El Paso, Texas

A pickup truck crashed after a high speed chase involving Border Patrol. Elvira Tot-Chiroy was one of the 7 passengers who died in the crash.

103. Oscar Miguel Garcia-Bran
Age: 21
Nationality: Guatemalan
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision) 
Incident Date: June 25, 2020
Incident Location: El Paso, Texas

A pickup truck crashed after a high speed chase involving Border Patrol. Oscar Miguel Garcia-Bran was one of the 7 passengers who died in the crash.

102. Gustavo Cervantes
Age: 18
Nationality: American
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision) 
Incident Date: June 25, 2020
Incident Location: El Paso, Texas

A pickup truck crashed after a high speed chase involving Border Patrol. Gustavo Cervantes was the driver of the pickup and died in the crash.

101. James Paul Markowitz
Age: 32
Nationality: American
Cause of Death: Unknown
Incident Date: February 4, 2020
Incident Location: Bracketville, Texas

James Paul Markowitz was apprehended surrounding an "illegal smuggling incident" on February 4, 2020. Markowitz began exhibiting "signs of distress" that evening, and was administered first aid, then transferred to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

2019

17 deaths

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100. Name Withheld
Age: 41
Nationality: Congolese
Cause of Death: Acute Kidney Failure (Medical)
Incident Date: December 25, 2019
Incident Location: Lincoln Juarez Bridge, Laredo, Texas

A female migrant seeking asylum in the United States died on Christmas Day in government custody when she crossed the Gateway Bridge in Texas with her family, before reportedly succumbing to acute kidney failure. She came with paperwork that documented a “previous medical condition”, CBP said. The agency's medical personnel cleared her to be detained overnight. She was traveling with her husband and two children, who were subsequently released.


99. Name Withheld
Age: 42
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Alleged suicide 
Incident Date: December 21, 2019
Incident Location: East Hidalgo Detention Center

On December 20, CBP officers at the Hidalgo Port of Entry detained a male 42-year-old Mexican national who claimed to be a US Citizen.  He was arrested and processed for Expedited Removal and was held for criminal prosecution. The individual passed away at the East Hidalgo Detention Center on Dec. 21, 2019. According to initial reports, the cause of death is suspected to be the result of suicide.  The incident remains under investigation by La Villa Police Department, and CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

 

98. Name Withheld
Age: Not released
Nationality: Not released
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: November 3, 2019
Incident Location: Sunland Park, New Mexico as suburb of El Paso, Texas

A Border Patrol agent approached a group of four people early Monday, and one of them pulled out a gun and started shooting, according to a statement from CBP. The agent fired back, hitting the man, who died at a hospital. No additional information was released, including the names of the agent and gunman. The CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating.



97. Name Withheld
Age: 33
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Severe dehydration (Medical)
Incident Date: October 26, 2019
Incident Location: Tubac, Arizona

A woman died in Border Patrol custody, following nearly two weeks in the hospital. The woman was in need of medical care when an Arizona sheriff's deputy found her on October 13 near Tubac, about 40 kilometers north of the border city of Nogales. She was suffering from "severe dehydration."


96. Name Unknown
Age: Unkown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Car accident (Vehicle collision) 
Incident Date: Some time around October 21, 2019
Incident Location: Texas highway

The man fled from agents across a Texas highway and was hit by a car. No more details can be found at the moment.

95. Name Withheld
Age: 49
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Unknown
Incident Date: October 21, 2019
Incident Location: Tucson, Arizona (South of Casa Grande)

On October 20, at 1 pm, a Mexican man was apprehended by Border Patrol agents, south of Casa Grande. During processing it was determined the man needed medical attention and was transported to a Tucson area hospital. Medical officials determined that the man had a pre-existing heart condition. The next day, at approximately 9 am, the man was pronounced deceased.

94. Name Withheld
Age: 32
Nationality: Salvadoran
Cause of Death: unknown
Incident Date: August 1, 2019
Incident Location: Lordsburg, New Mexico

A man died while in Border Patrol custody. According to reports, he was taken into custody at the El Paso Border Patrol Station and was being processed at the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station when he fell into medical distress and later died.

93. Name Withheld
Age: 52
Nationality: Nicaraguan
Cause of Death: unknown
Incident Date: July 5, 2019
Incident Location: Tucson, Arizona

A man died while in Border Patrol custody. According to reports, he was part of a group of 36 asylum-seekers who turned themselves in to be processed.

92. Travis James Eckstein
Age: 23
Nationality: U.S.
Cause of Death: Fatal Shooting
Incident Date: June 3, 2019
Incident Location: San Ysidro port of entry, California

CBP officers fatally shot a man during a shootout that occurred at secondary inspection at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

91. Name Not Yet Released
Age: 40
Nationality: Honduran
Cause of Death: Unknown (Medical)
Incident Date: June 3, 2019
Incident Location: Eagle Pass, Texas

A woman was apprehended at the border by CBP, when she collapsed shortly after. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

90. Name Not Yet Released
Age: 33
Nationality: Salvadoran
Cause of Death: Unknown (Medical)
Incident Date: June 3, 2019
Incident Location: Roma, Texas

 A man was apprehended by CBP, and began having a seizure. He was given emergency care by an EMT-certified CBP agent, and taken to a hospital, where he died.

89. Carlos Hernandez Vásquez


Age: 16 
Nationality: Guatemalan
Cause of Death: Influenza A (Medical)
Incident Date: May 20, 2019
Incident Location: Welasco, Texas

A  boy who was apprehended on May 13, was found unresponsive by CBP during a welfare check at the Weslaco Station, where he ultimately died.

88. Wilmer Josué Ramírez Vásquez

Age: 2 
Nationality: Guatemalan
Cause of Death: Pneumonia (Medical)
Incident Date: May 14, 2019
Incident Location: El Paso,Texas

The toddler's mother asked for medical assistance for him after noticing he was ill on April 6, 2019, then transferred to Providence Children's Hospital in El Paso the Next day, where he remained until he died.

87. Name not released 

Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death:Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: April 6, 2019
Incident Location: New Mexico

The unnamed person was ejected from a vehicle after El Paso Border Patrol chased the car on Highway 9 in New Mexico. The Border Patrol agents deployed a tire deflation device, which the vehicle swerved to avoid, causing it to roll over, eject people from the vehicle and fatally wound two people.

86. Name not released 

Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: April 6, 2019
Incident Location: New Mexico

The unnamed person was ejected from a vehicle after El Paso Border Patrol chased the car on Highway 9 in New Mexico. The Border Patrol agents deployed a tire deflation device, which the vehicle swerved to avoid, causing it to roll over, eject people from the vehicle and fatally wound two people.

85. Name not released 

Age: 40
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Unknown
Incident Date: March 18, 2019
Incident Location: El Paso, Texas

This person was apprehended on March 18 and died the next day at Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, after being diagnosed with flu-like symptoms, liver failure and renal failure.

84. Name not released 

Age: 45
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Unknown
Incident Date: February 19, 2019
Incident Location: McAllen, Texas

The man was in Border Patrol custody since February 2. He requested medical attention after he was found near a port of entry. He was seen at a Mission medical center, cleared for travel, and returned to Border Patrol custody. While in custody, he again requested medical attention, and was under medical care in McAllen until he died. He was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and congestive heart failure, but the official cause of death is unknown.

2018

9 deaths

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83. Felipe Alonzo-Gomez

Age: 8
Nationality: Guatemalan 
Cause of Death: Influenza B (Medical)
Incident Date: December 24, 2018
Incident Location: El Paso, Texas

After being in Border Patrol custody for almost a week, Felipe fell ill, was taken to the hospital, misdiagnosed with a cold, and sent back to CBP custody. Felipe began vomiting and was taken back to the hospital, where he died before midnight.

82. Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin

Age: 7
Nationality: Guatemalan 
Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest caused by severe dehydration and shock (Medical)
Incident Date: December 8, 2018
Incident Location: El Paso, Texas

Jakelin died in Border Patrol custody after being detained with her father and others in the New Mexico desert.

81. Janelle Ortiz (aka Nikki Enriquez)

Age: 28
Nationality: Unknown 
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Off-duty homicide)
Incident Date: September 14, 2018
Incident Location: Laredo, Texas

An off-duty supervisory Border Patrol agent, Juan David Ortiz, was arrested on September 15, 2018, for the deaths of four people, including trans woman Janelle, after a would-be fifth victim narrowly escaped harm and alerted a police officer.

80. Guiselda Hernandez

Age: 25
Nationality: Unknown 
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Off-duty homicide)
Incident Date: September 14, 2018
Incident Location: Laredo, Texas

An off-duty supervisory Border Patrol agent was arrested on September 15, 2018, for the deaths of four people after a would-be fifth victim narrowly escaped harm and alerted a police officer.

79. Claudine Ann Luera

Age: 42
Nationality: Unknown 
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Off-duty homicide)
Incident Date: September 13, 2018
Incident Location: Laredo, Texas

An off-duty supervisory Border Patrol agent was arrested on September 15, 2018, for the deaths of four people after a would-be fifth victim narrowly escaped harm and alerted a police officer. A supervisory US Border Patrol agent who authorities are calling a serial killer was arrested on September 15, 2018, in the deaths of four people after a would-be fifth victim narrowly escaped harm and alerted a police officer.

78. Melissa Ramirez 

Age: 29
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Off-duty homicide)
Incident Date: September 3, 2018
Incident Location: Laredo, Texas

An off-duty supervisory Border Patrol agent was arrested on September 15, 2018, for the deaths of four people after a would-be fifth victim narrowly escaped harm and alerted a police officer. A supervisory US Border Patrol agent who authorities are calling a serial killer was arrested on September 15, 2018, in the deaths of four people after a would-be fifth victim narrowly escaped harm and alerted a police officer.

77. Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez 

Age: 20
Nationality: Guatemalan
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: May 23, 2018
Incident Location: Rio Bravo, Texas

A Border Patrol agent shot and killed Claudia after a group had attempted to cross the Texas border irregularly and allegedly rushed the agent, according to Customs and Border Protection. Customs and Border Protection has previously changed the retelling of the event from a rocking incident to a group rushing the agents. The FBI is launching an investigation.

76. Robert Young III

Age: 29
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Off-duty homicie)
Incident Date: February 12, 2018
Incident Location: Pinecrest, FL

A burglar busted through the glass doors of a house in the upscale village of Pinecrest early Monday morning, only to face a deadly barrage of bullets from the homeowner — a high-ranking Miami federal agent.

75. Juan Daniel Jacques

Age: 33
Nationality: N/A 
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Off-duty homicie)
Incident Date: January 2018
Incident Location: Socorro, TX

According to new reports, Juan Daniel Jacques attacked an off-duty Border Patrol agent so the agent fired his duty weapon.

2017

9 deaths

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74. Rolando Chávez Chávez 

Age: 26
Nationality: Guatemala 
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: November 29, 2017
Incident Location: Southwest of Tucson, AZ

According to Border Patrol, Chávez attacked an agent while being taken into custody and a struggle ensued where Chávez grabbed the agent’s gun. A second officer fired at Chavez during the struggle.

73. Rodolfo Ballardo 

Age: 31
Nationality: U.S. 
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: September 2017
Incident Location: Southwest of Tucson, AZ

According to authorities, Ballardo shot an Arizona State Trooper and fled the scene. Border Patrol found the car Ballardo had taken off in and an exchange of gunfire occurred, resulting in his death.

72. Unknown 

Age: 30
Nationality: Unknown 
Cause of Death: Car accident (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: September 17, 2017
Incident Location: San Ysidro, CA

According to news reports, a man was hit by a car after fleeing from a van that was crossing into the U.S.

71. Unknown 

Age: 30
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Car accident (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: September 17, 2017
Incident Location: San Ysidro, CA

According to news reports, a woman was hit by a car after fleeing from a van that was crossing into the U.S.

70. Isarel Caballero 

Age: 18
Nationality: U.S. Citizen 
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: August 10, 2017
Incident Location: San Diego, CA

According to news reports, Border Patrol agents said they were pursuing the SUV because the license plate was suspected to have been connected to a homicide investigation and human smuggling operations. Moments after the  driver lost control, the SUV slammed into a guardrail and went over the side of the interstate.

69. Gloria Lopez

Age: 15 
Nationality: Mexican 
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: August 10, 2017
Incident Location: San Diego, CA

According to news reports, Border Patrol agents said they were pursuing the SUV because the license plate was suspected to have been connected to a homicide investigation and human smuggling operations. Moments after the  driver lost control, the SUV slammed into a guardrail and went over the side of the interstate.

68. Raul Quiroz

Age: 20 
Nationality: Mexican 
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: August 10, 2017
Incident Location: San Diego, CA

According to news reports, Border Patrol agents said they were pursuing the SUV because the license plate was suspected to have been connected to a homicide investigation and human smuggling operations. Moments after the  driver lost control, the SUV slammed into a guardrail and went over the side of the interstate.

67. Unknown

Age: Unknown 
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: February 23, 2017
Incident Location: Lordsburg, NM

According to news reports, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the El Paso sector were involved in a chase that led to the crash.

66. Unknown

Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: February 23, 2017
Incident Location: Lordsburg, NM

According to news reports, Border Patrol agents from the El Paso sector were involved in a chase that led to the crash and the death of two individuals.

 

2016

7 deaths

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65. Unknown

Age: Unknown 
Nationality: Uknown
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting
Incident Date: July 15, 2016
Incident Location: Laredo, TX

According to CBP, agents subdued a male in Laredo, TX near the river. While escorting the man to the vehicle, the man became unresponsive. Laredo Emergency Medical Services arrived and transported the man to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

64. Unknown

Age: Unknown 
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: June 9, 2016
Incident Location: Yuma, AZ

According to the Yuma Sector Border Patrol Public Affairs Office, a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed a suspected undocumented individual during a struggle.

63. Unknown

Age: Unknown 
Nationality: Unknown 
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: May 22, 2016
Incident Location: Near Laredo, TX

One person died and 10 others were injured north of Laredo in a chase that ended in a crash.

62. Unknown

Age: Unknown 
Nationality: Unknown 
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: March 23, 2016
Incident Location: Yuma, AZ

Individuals fleeing in a vehicle from CBP collided with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 8, killing two and injuring four individuals.

61. Unknown

Age: Unknown 
Nationality: Unknown 
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: March 23, 2016
Incident Location: Yuma, AZ

Individuals fleeing in a vehicle from CBP collided with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 8, killing two and injuring four individuals.

60. Hector Leroy 

Age: 43
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: February 4, 2016
Incident Location: El Paso, Texas

According to CBP, at approximately 5:45 pm, three Border Patrol agents were on patrol in the downtown area, near the Greyhound Bus Station. The agents heard the sound of gunshots and immediately responded. Agents observed a wounded person lying on the ground and a man fleeing the scene on foot between Overland and El Paso streets.

The three agents pursued the subject who approached a pickup truck and pointed a gun at the driver in an attempt to carjack the vehicle. Agents drew their service-issued firearms and ordered the subject to drop the weapon. The man turned and pointed his gun at one of the agents. Another agent then discharged his firearm and the man fell to the ground.

59. Unknown
Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: January 31, 2016
Incident Location: Northwest Laredo, Texas 

This person died as a result of being thrown from a minivan during a chase with Border Patrol agents. Four other passengers were taken to Doctors Hospital.

2015

9 deaths

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58. Unknown

Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown 
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: October 21, 2015
Incident Location: Calexico, CA

A man was shot and killed Wednesday morning after allegedly attacking customs officers with a knife at the Calexico West Port of Entry.

57. Rayshaun Cole

Age: 30
Nationality: Unknown 
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Off-duty homicide)
Incident Date: October 17, 2015
Incident Location: Chula Vista, CA

An off-duty CBP officer fatally shot her boyfriend in their Chula Vista apartment Saturday, telling police that it was in self-defense as he was hitting her, authorities said.

56. Unknown

Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown 
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: September 23, 2015
Incident Location: Drummond Island, MI

Michigan State Troopers were searching for a missing person alert on Drummond Island, MI and requested assistance  from Border Patrol Agents. Border Patrol Agents  entered a dwelling where shots were fired and they killed a civilian.

55. Richard Matt

Age: 49 
Nationality: U.S. 
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: June 26, 2015
Incident Location: New York

54. Graciela Lopez Franco

Age: 32
Nationality: Mexico
Cause of Death: Drowning (Use of force)
Incident Date: June 18, 2015
Incident Location: Off the coast of Encinitas, CA

According to a filed complaint, 20 people were onboard a panga a few minutes after midnight on June 18, 2015, seven miles off the coast of Encinitas when Border Patrol officers spotted the low-riding boat. Supervisor Hunter, Linscott, and Jenkins, riding in a 38-foot M901 patrol vessel, approached the panga. Once within range, the officers failed to use their intercom or lights on their vessel and instead, read the complaint, and ran straight toward the panga. The officers then directed a “flash-bang” explosion at the immigrants’ vessel. Officer Linscott fired several shots from his gun into the outboard motor, disabling it. The officers then rammed their boat into the panga, splitting it into several pieces.

53. Unknown

Age: Unknown 
Nationality: Colombian
Cause of Death: Fatal Shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: May 17, 2015
Incident Location: British Virgin Islands 

52. Jamison E. Childress

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Age: 20
Nationality: Canadian
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: March 19, 2015
Incident Location: Sumas, Washington

Border Patrol agents shot and killed Childress after he set off ground sensors at the U.S.-Canada border crossing near Sumas, Washington.

51. Tiano Meton

Age: 25
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: January 22, 2015
Incident Location: El Paso, Texas

According to CBP, Border Patrol agents shot and killed a man who had driven through a West Texas checkpoint without stopping for an inspection. The shooting happened around 5 pm. Agents pursued the vehicle for 30 miles before it finally stopped. A pistol-shaped pellet gun was recovered from the vehicle.

50. Name Not Released

Age: Not Released 
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: January 21, 2015
Incident Location: Chapeno, TX

According to the CBP statement, on January 21, 2015, at approximately 2 a.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents from Rio Grande City Station responded to drug smuggling activity near the small community of Chapeño, Texas, west of Roma. As the agents secured the narcotics load, one agent searching the area for smugglers came under fire. The agent returned fire striking [and killing] one subject. The FBI, Starr County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the DPS Texas Rangers are investigating the incident.  Rio Grande Valley Sector is fully cooperating with the investigation.

2014

12 deaths

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49. Francisco Manuel Cesena

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Age: 40
Nationality: U.S. 
Cause of Death: Unknown
Incident Date: December 24, 2014
Incident Location: San Ysidro port of entry, San Diego

According to San Diego Police and the Medical Examiner’s Office, Francisco Manuel Cesena was crossing into the U.S. through the San Ysidro Port of Entry, when he was detained by the CBP officials. Cesena allegedly jumped over a counter and attacked an official. He collapsed after the official used a  taser on him. He was declared dead at the Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. A cause of death has not been determined.

48. Adam Thomas

Age: 27
Nationality: U.S. 
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Off-duty homicide)
Incident Date: November, 8, 2014
Incident Location: Hemet, CA

An off-duty Border Patrol agent, John Demery, confronted a neighbor and fatally shot him multiple times. A six-year veteran of the Border Patrol assigned to the Murrieta station, Demery was placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting.

47. Amaro Lopez

Age: 23
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: October 24, 2014
Incident Location: Southwest of Tucson, AZ

According to the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office, Lopez died of a single gunshot to the head. Two BP agents were after several men in the area of West Hermans and South Sandario roads when one of the men tried to shoot one of the agents. One agent fired his weapon in response. The other members of the group ran off.

 

46. Unknown

Age: 36
Nationality: U.S. Citizen
Cause of Death: Unknown (Medical)
Incident Date: October 17, 2014
Incident Location: Holding cell in BP checkpoint between Carlsbad, NM, and El Paso, TX

This person died while in Border Patrol custody in Texas. CBP says the man was found unresponsive in a holding cell at a Border Patrol checkpoint between Carlsbad, NM and El Paso, TX.

 

45. Aide Fink

Aide Fink

Age: 50
Nationality: U.S. Citizen
Cause of Death: Unknown
Incident Date: September 25, 2014
Incident Location: Flower Mound, TX (near Dallas)

Police arrested Daniel Fink, a 40-year-old Border Patrol agent, for the murder of his estranged wife while he was off duty. The woman was found with multiple gunshot wounds just after midnight Thursday inside a house on Heather Glen Drive near Glenwick Boulevard. Police say a 16-year-old inside the home called 911. The victim was taken to a local hospital where she died. The woman’s three children, ages 7, 11, and 16, were inside the house at the time of the shooting. Court records show his wife filed for divorce back in August.

 

44. Unknown

Age: 54
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Unknown
Incident Date: September 5, 2014
Incident Location: McAllen Station processing facility, TX

According to news stories, agents find immigrant hanging at McAllen Border Patrol station.

 

43: Joaquin Tomas Cibrian

Age: 29
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Fatal Shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: July 22, 2014
Incident Location: Edinburg, TX

Edinburgh police entered Cibrian's home and a shootout between law enforcement and Cibrian occurred. Edinburgh police called Border Patrol for assistance and Cibrian was killed in the shoot-out.

42. Jose Luis Arambula

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Age: 31
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: May 30, 2014
Incident Location: Green Valley, AZ

Arambula, of Tucson, was shot and killed in Green Valley Friday as he was fleeing Border Patrol agents. One of the agents, Daniel Marquez, fired multiple shots at Arambula, killing him, according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. The other agent, whose name was not released, did not fire at the suspect. Incident is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Department after the FBI declined to investigate.

CBP issued the following statement:
At approximately 2:30 p.m. MST Friday, Border Patrol agents on patrol attempted to conduct a stop on a suspicious vehicle on Interstate 19 (I-19) near Green Valley, Arizona.  The vehicle’s driver failed to yield to the agent’s emergency lights and sirens and continued driving.  At the intersection of Abrego Drive and Camino Encanto, the driver stopped the vehicle and fled on foot.  Agents pursued the driver and during the encounter, an agent discharged his service issued weapon, resulting in the death of the driver.  Bundles of marijuana were located in the subject’s vehicle.  The Border Patrol is fully cooperating with the Pima County Sheriff’s Office – led investigation.

May 30, 2014 – CBP releases PERF report and new Use of Force Handbook

41. Name Not Released 

Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Off-duty homicide)
Incident Date: March 10, 2014
Incident Location: Detroit, MI

An off-duty Border Patrol agent from California fatally shot a man in Detroit during a dispute that may have stemmed from a card game. According to news reports,  the shooting took place outside a home around  2 a.m. on the city’s east side. Deputy Chief Rodney Johnson says an argument between the agent’s cousin and another man moved outside the home and the other man brandished a gun from inside a vehicle. Johnson says the agent fired several shots at the other man, killing him.

 

40. Jesús Flores-Cruz

Age: 41
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: February 18, 2014
Incident Location: Otay Mountains, San Diego

According to San Diego Sheriff’s, two Border Patrol agents split up to cut off a group of three suspected undocumented immigrants. The two agents were out of sight of each other when one of the agents was struck in the face by a rock thrown by one of the suspects. Fearing for his safety, the agent fired his duty pistol at the man, striking him. The agent sustained minor injuries. Mexico condemns the shooting.

CBP issued the following statement:
At 6:30 a.m. PST Tuesday, a Border Patrol agent on patrol on the Otay Mountain in San Diego, Calif., was assaulted by three individuals and struck in the head with a rock.  The agent discharged his service-issued weapon, resulting in the death of one individual.  The agent apprehended the two other individuals. CBP is fully cooperating with the investigation conducted by the FBI and the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

 

39. Gabriel Sanchez Velazquez

Age: Late 20s
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: Jan. 16, 2014
Incident Location: Near Apache and Portal, AZ

Gabriel was part of a group Border Patrol was tracking. Border Patrol agents took two men into custody without incident, but a third fled and was eventually located “hiding under a mesquite bush”. The man reportedly struggled with the agent, attempting to grab the officer’s weapon. “Fearing for his personal safety and potential serious injury, the agent pulled his handgun and fired at the suspect.” The man was struck in the upper body area and “succumbed to his injuries at the scene”. The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation.

 

38. Keith J. Martin

Age: 35
Nationality: U.S. 
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Off-duty homicide)
Incident Date: Jan. 2, 2014
Incident Location: Near Hondo, TX

An off-duty Border Patrol agent, Adam S. Garibay, 33, is suspected of killing his wife’s lover, Keith J. Martin, 35. After beating and tying up his wife in Corpus Christi, Garibay drove to Martin’s home on a private road 3 miles north of Hondo, TX, and allegedly shot him to death.

2013

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37. Steven Keith

Age: 58
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Unknown (Medical)
Incident Date: Dec. 25, 2013
Incident Location: Campo Border Patrol Station near San Diego, CA

Keith was arrested Christmas Eve at a border checkpoint on Interstate 8 after Border Patrol agents allegedly discovered drug paraphernalia and trace amounts of methamphetamine inside his vehicle. San Diego Sector Border Patrol officials said he was arrested for illegal possession of drugs and intent to distribute three pounds of marijuana. He was then taken to a holding cell at the Campo Border Patrol station. Six hours after his arrest, he was dead. Border Patrol officials say he became incoherent and unresponsive while in the cell. Border Patrol emergency medics administered CPR to the man and called paramedics.

 

36. Cruz Marcelino Velazquez

Age: 16
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Drank highly concentrated liquid methamphetamine at the request of CBP (Use of force)
Incident Date: November 18, 2013
Incident Location: San Ysidro port of entry, CA

Velazquez died from drinking a highly concentrated liquid methamphetamine at the San Diego border crossing.

 

35. Ernesto Gutierrez Cortez

Age: 38
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: October 19, 2013
Incident Location: Campo, CA

A Border Patrol agent shot at the suspect vehicle when the driver made a U-turn and drove directly at him. Driver sustained non-life threatening injuries.

 

34. Mathew Simmons

Age: 27
Nationality: U.S.
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: March 21, 2013
Incident Location: Otay Mesa, CA

Border Patrol agents drove up to a car on the side of the road that appeared to have been in an accident. One of the agents checked the car license plate and determined it was a stolen vehicle. Simmons pulled a handgun on the three agents, shooting one of them in the hip. The agents responded with gunfire and killed him.

 

33. Name Not Released 

Age: 51
Nationality: U.S. 
Cause of Death: Unknown 
Incident Date: February, 16, 2013
Incident Location: San Ysidro port of entry, CA

A man crossed into the United States in a vehicle with two other US citizen relatives. They were directed to an inspection area and the man was handcuffed and walked into the security area. Once inside, the handcuffs were removed so the man could empty his pockets. As he placed his items on a counter, he collapsed. According to CBP, agents did not use any force on the suspect when taking him into custody or transporting him for processing. The cause of the man’s death is unknown.

2012

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32. Margarito Lopez Morelos

Age: 19
Nationality: Guatemalan
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: Dec. 2, 2012
Incident Location: Baboquivari Mountains, AZ

Margarito was shot and killed after a struggle with a Border Patrol agent.

 

31. José Antonio Elena Rodriguez

(Original reporting from 2012) http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/11/us/us-mexico-border-shooting/index.html?iref=allsearch A federal lawsuit to be filed this morning in Arizona accuses the U.S. Border Patrol of civil rights violations and the wrongful death of a 16-year-old Mexican boy who was gunned down almost two years ago. Attorneys in Tucson filed the lawsuit on behalf of the family of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was shot in the back at least 10 times, allegedly by Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) agents, as he walked down the street in October 2012. (more: The lawsuit was expected to be filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Tucson by Nogales-based attorneys Luis Parra and Roberto Montiel, as well as the ACLU, on behalf of Araceli Rodriguez, Elena??s mother. The defendants are named as John Does 1-25, due to the fact the names of the agents involved in the shooting have not been made public.) Source: Courtesy: Rodriguez Family Attorney

Age: 16
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: Oct. 10, 2012
Incident Location: Nogales, Sonora

José was shot multiple times in the back and killed after reportedly throwing rocks at Border Patrol agents.

30. Nicholas J. Ivie

Age: 30
Nationality: U.S.
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: October 2, 2012
Location:  Near Bisbee, AZ

Nicholas was shot and killed in a friendly fire incident.

29. Valeria Munique Tachiquin-Alvarado

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Age: 32
Nationality: U.S.
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: Sept. 28, 2012
Incident Location: Chula Vista, CA

A plain-clothed Border Patrol agent shot and killed Tachiquin in a residential suburb of San Diego.  The agent alleged she had struck him and was carrying him on top of her car prompting him to fire in self defense. Witnesses tell conflicting stories. The Border Patrol agent involved had a very troubling record when he worked as a sheriff’s deputy. The Imperial Valley Sheriff’s Department ultimately issued the agent a notice of termination for “unprofessional conduct, dishonesty, violation of or refusal to obey reasonable regulations, insubordination, violation of rules, incompetence and failure to follow proper procedures for arrest, search and seizure and treatment of persons in custody.”

 

28. Guillermo Arévalo Pedroza

Age: 36
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: Sept. 3, 2012
Incident Location: Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

Guillermo was shot and killed while at a barbeque with his wife and daughters. Border Patrol agents claim they were under attack from rock throwers on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. A video of the shooting didn’t show any rock throwing.

Eyewitness video:

 

27. Juan Pablo Perez Santillán

Age: 30
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: July 7, 2012
Incident Location: Near Matamoros, Mexico

Juan Pablo was shot and killed while standing on the banks of the Rio Grande. Border Patrol claims Perez Santillán was throwing rocks; witnesses in Mexico say he was unarmed.

 

26. Charles Robinson

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Age: 75
Nationality: U.S.
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: June 23, 2012
Incident Location: Jackman, ME

Charles was shot and killed by Border Patrol agents during a confrontation at his residence. He was reportedly intoxicated and believed to be injured.

25. Unknown

Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: April 11, 2012
Incident Location: Palmview, TX

Nine people died and seven were hospitalized in a crash involving Border Patrol agents and a suspected immigrant smuggler.

24. Unknown

Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: April 11, 2012
Incident Location: Palmview, TX

Nine people died and seven were hospitalized in a crash involving Border Patrol agents and a suspected immigrant smuggler.

23. Unknown

Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: April 11, 2012
Incident Location: Palmview, TX

Nine people died and seven were hospitalized in a crash involving Border Patrol agents and a suspected immigrant smuggler.

22. Unknown

Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: April 11, 2012
Incident Location: Palmview, TX

Nine people died and seven were hospitalized in a crash involving Border Patrol agents and a suspected immigrant smuggler.

21. Unknown

Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: April 11, 2012
Incident Location: Palmview, TX

Nine people died and seven were hospitalized in a crash involving Border Patrol agents and a suspected immigrant smuggler.

20. Unknown

Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: April 11, 2012
Incident Location: Palmview, TX

Nine people died and seven were hospitalized in a crash involving Border Patrol agents and a suspected immigrant smuggler.

19. Unknown

Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: April 11, 2012
Incident Location: Palmview, TX

Nine people died and seven were hospitalized in a crash involving Border Patrol agents and a suspected immigrant smuggler.

18. Unknown

Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: April 11, 2012
Incident Location: Palmview, TX

Nine people died and seven were hospitalized in a crash involving Border Patrol agents and a suspected immigrant smuggler.

17. Unknown

Age: Unknown
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Car chase (Vehicle collision)
Incident Date: April 11, 2012
Incident Location: Palmview, TX

Nine people died and seven were hospitalized in a crash involving Border Patrol agents and a suspected smuggler.

16. Alexander Arthur Martin

Age: 34
Nationality: U.S.
Cause of death: Death in vehicle explosion (Use of force)
Incident Date: March 15, 2012
Incident Location: Near Campo, CA

Alexander died in a car explosion that may have been caused by Border Patrol tasers. Border Patrol agents chased Martin’s car after he began driving the wrong way down the highway.

2011

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15. Byron Sosa Orellana

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Age: 28
Nationality: Guatemalan
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: December 6, 2011
Incident Location: Near Sells, AZ

Byron was shot and killed after allegedly assaulting an agent and police dog.

 

14. Gerardo Rico Lozano

Age: 20
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: November 3, 2011
Incident Location: Near Corpus Christi, TX

Gerardo was shot and killed after allegedly driving towards Border Patrol agents who pulled over his vehicle.

 

13. Omar Olivares

Age: 28
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Off-duty homicide)
Incident Date: Sept. 15, 2011
Incident Location: Eagle Pass, TX

An off-duty agent got into a shootout with his wife’s cousin, who was killed at the scene.  The Border Patrol agent died later at the Ft. Duncan Medical Center. It is unknown how the shooting started. According to EPPD approx. 36-38 rounds were shot by both individuals. Olivares was shot approximately four times by the agent and the agent was shot seven times.

 

12. Jose Alfredo Yañez Reyes

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Age: 40
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: June 21, 2011
Incident Location: Tijuana, Mexico

José Alfredo was shot and killed while suspected of attempting to cross the border irregularly. Agents claim suspected border crossers were throwing rocks; it’s unclear if he was involved in the rock throwing.

 

11. Amado Rodriguez

Age: 46
Nationality: Unknown, born in Sinaloa, Mexico
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: April 18, 2011
Incident Location: Fabens, TX

The Fabens Border Patrol Station was contacted by the El Paso Sheriff’s Office to provide backup for El Paso Sheriff’s deputies on scene. The El Paso Sheriff’s Office SWAT team also arrived on the scene. The El Paso Sheriff’s Department has conducted several investigations into the shooting, including an Internal Affairs investigation. The results of the investigations have not been released, but family members claimed in a new story that  Rodriguez, who has been in a wheelchair since age 17, was improperly shot by law enforcement agents responding to the scene.

 

10. Carlos Lamadrid

Carlos Lamadrid

Age: 19
Nationality: U.S.
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: March 21, 2011
Incident Location: Douglas, AZ

Carlos was shot 3 times in the back and killed by a Border Patrol agent while fleeing across the border into Mexico, reportedly transporting marijuana. The agent was allegedly under attack by an individual throwing rocks  when he fired.

 

9. Alex Martinez

Age: 30
Nationality: U.S.
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: Feb. 27, 2011
Incident Location: Whatcom County, WA

Alex was shot and killed by Border Patrol agents while allegedly swinging a hammer and smashing windows in his mobile home. Martinez had a history of mental problems.His brother says Martinez complied with commands to step out of the house. What officers believed to be a gun in his possession was in fact a flashlight.

 

8. Roberto Pérez Pérez

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Age: 63
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Lack of medical care after being beaten  (Medical)
Incident Date: January 13, 2011
Incident Location: San Diego, CA

Roberto was beaten while in detention for trying to re-enter the U.S. and died due to lack of proper medical care.

 

7. Ramses Barron Torres

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Age: 17
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: Jan. 5, 2011
Incident Location: Nogales, Mexico

Ramses was shot and killed after allegedly throwing rocks at Border Patrol agents. Witnesses deny he threw rocks. DOJ stated in their press release closing their investigation that they reviewed surveillance videos, but videos have not been released publicly.

2010

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6. Juan Mendez, Jr.

Age: 18
Nationality: Unknown
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: Oct. 5, 2010
Incident Location: Eagle Pass, TX

Juan was shot in the back twice and killed by a Border Patrol agent after being involved in a car chase. Mendez was stopped by the officer for driving with a “suspicious load” and took off running; he briefly struggled with the agent before the shooting.

 

5. Sergio Adrian Hernandez-Guereca

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Age: 15
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: June 7, 2010
Incident Location:  El Paso, TX

Sergio was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent after a group of suspected undocumented immigrants reportedly threw rocks at agents at an international bridge. Guereca was on Mexican soil; the agent was 12 yards from the border on the U.S. side.

Eyewitness video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wI2Q1XikLw

 

4. Anastasio Hernandez Rojas

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Age: 42
Nationality: Mexican, San Diego resident since age 18
Cause of Death: Tortured to death (Use of force)
Incident Date: May 28, 2010
Incident Location: San Diego, CA

Longtime San Diego resident; tortured to death by CBP officers at a Border Patrol station as he resisted being deported.

Eyewitness videos:

 

3. Neil Begin

Age: 54
Nationality: U.S.
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting (Use of force)
Incident Date: April 23, 2010
Incident Location: Near Van Buren, ME

Border Patrol agent, Robert Kipler, assigned to the Van Buren Station of the Houlton Sector, responded to a residence located just south of Van Buren, to back up a Maine State Trooper investigating an ongoing domestic dispute. Agents entered the residence with the State Trooper and confronted the subject [who] appeared to be holding a bolt-action rifle. The State Trooper and BP agent discharged their weapons at the subject. The subject was struck by some of the rounds fired, and collapsed to the floor. EMS arrived and transported the subject to a local hospital for emergency treatment and later transported by life-flight to a hospital in Bangor, Maine. The subject died the next morning. The Maine State Attorney General’s report later found that Agent Robert Kipler fired 14 shots, and Kipler fired the fatal shot. The Attorney General also found the shooting to be justified.

 

2. Victor Santillan de la Cruz

Age: 36
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Fatal Shooting (Use of Force)
Incident Date: March 31, 2010
Incident Location: Laredo, TX

Victor was shot and killed during a struggle with a Border Patrol agent.

 

1. Jorge A. Solis-Palma

Age: 28
Nationality: Mexican
Cause of Death: Fatal shooting  (Use of Force)
Incident Date: Jan. 4, 2010
Incident Location: Douglas, AZ

Jorge was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent after reportedly throwing a rock and injuring an agent and his dog. Incident was captured on a surveillance camera.

 

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