Senior Patrol Inspector Miles Joseph Scannell

Senior Patrol Inspector Miles Joseph Scannell

United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, September 9, 1929

Miles Joseph Scannell

Senior Patrol Inspector Miles Scannell was shot and killed as he and another inspector patrolled along the shoreline of the Rio Grande River near Polvo, Presidio County, Texas.

The inspectors were about 600 yards apart when the other inspector heard two muffled shots. Around 8:00 am he found Inspector Scannell's body suffering five bullet wounds, 15 stab wounds and badly beaten. There was evidence a struggle had ensued before Inspector Scannell was overpowered. His handcuffs and weapon were missing which led investigators to believe he had handcuffed one suspect before being jumped by the other suspects. It was concluded that he had intercepted a party of illegal aliens crossing the border to pick cotton.

The suspects were never apprehended.

Inspector Scannell had served with the United States Border Patrol for eight years. He was survived by his wife and a two-year old son. He was buried in Alpine, Texas.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Texas
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

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To Senior Inspector Myles J. Scannell:

I am currently on day 4 of my Border Patrol Academy training. On day 3, I received your Fallen Heroe card through the Border Patrol Silent Partner program. You gave the ultimate sacrifice to our brothers and sisters in green and to our country. I am honored and privileged to hold this keepsake and will do so everyday of my future career. I will strive to honor your sacrifice, as well as our other fallen heroes, in all that I do. I thank you for being among those that paved the road for who we are today. You will NEVER be forgotten.

May you Rest In Peace.

Alejandro A. Vasquez
Border Patrol Agent Trainee/Class 1109

November 3, 2018

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