Border Patrol Inspector John A. Rector

Border Patrol Inspector John A. Rector

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, October 16, 1956

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John A. Rector

Border Patrol Inspector John Rector was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow agent who was discussing gun limitations with a third agent at the Chula Vista Sector Headquarters in California.

The two agents had unloaded the .357 caliber handgun while examining it, reloaded it, and placed it in a drawer as they began to discuss a different weapon. The discussion returned to the .357 and one of the agents removed it from the drawer, not realizing it had been reloaded.

When he pulled the trigger the gun discharged and round passed through the wall and struck Agent Rector in the head as he sat at his desk. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to the wound several hours later.

Agent Rector had been with the agency for 28 years.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 28 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)
  • Location California

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Rest In Peace Brother. You will not be forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

October 16, 2017

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