Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Guillermo Salinas

Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Guillermo Salinas

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

End of Watch Tuesday, July 7, 1998

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Ricardo Guillermo Salinas

Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Salinas was shot and killed after a car chase in Texas. Agent Salinas and two other Border Patrol agents were assisting a local agency trying to stop the suspects who had just committed another murder. Agent Salinas was shot in the head with an MK-90 rifle. The suspect had just shot and killed Agent Susan Rodriguez.

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 Salinas had served with the Border Patrol for 1 year. He was survived by his parents and sister.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 7160

Incident Details

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

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Agent Salinas,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Partner for your service and sacrifice for our Country. I was detailed down to McAllen Sector for Operation Rio Grande and I remember seeing the ambulances carrying you and Agent Rodriguez along with the 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 about you and Agent Rodriguez being shot and we couldn’t believe it. At that point in my career I had only been in Law Enforcement a little over two years and it really opened my eyes. I’ve also been to the Border Patrol Memorial Service at the Border Patrol Museum in El Paso that is held every May on the anniversary of the Border Patrol being created and have met some of your Family Members.

R.I.P. Agent Salinas you and your Partner are 10-7 10-42 Tour of Duty completed.

United States Border Patrol

July 8, 2018

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