Border Patrol Agent Susan Lynn Rodriguez

Border Patrol Agent Susan Lynn Rodriguez

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

End of Watch Tuesday, July 7, 1998

Susan Lynn Rodriguez

Border Patrol Agent Susan Rodriguez was shot and killed after a car chase in Texas. Agent Rodriguez and two other Border Patrol agents were assisting a local agency trying to stop the suspects who had just committed another murder. The suspect also shot and killed Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Guillermo Salinas. A Cameron County sheriff's deputy was also shot and critically wounded.

The three officers were re-entering their cruisers when the suspect came out of a cornfield and ambushed them. None of them had time to return fire. The suspect was then taken into custody after a gunfight with several other officers at the scene and died later in the day from his wounds.

Agent Rodriguez had served with the Border Patrol for 6 years. She is survived by a child.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 7097

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Texas
  • Weapon Rifle; MK-90
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Agent Rodriguez,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and Agent Salinas for your service and sacrifice for our Country. I was detailed to McAllen Sector for Operation Rio Grande and I remember the ambulances carrying you and Agent Salinas along with Border Patrol vehicles speeding past us on the highway in the opposite direction as we were driving to Harlingen for our orientation briefing and wondering what had happened. When we got to the hotel we were told what had happened and we couldn’t believe it. At that point in my career I had only been in Law Enforcement for a little over two years and it really opened my eyes.

R.I.P. Agent Rodriguez. You and your partner are 10-7 10-42 tour of duty completed.

United States Border Patrol

July 8, 2018

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