Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 16 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Aircraft accident
Agent Robert Smith was killed in a helicopter accident in San Elizario, Texas, while conducting a routine aerial patrol of the border area. The helicopter experienced a mechanical failure and crashed into a residential area.
Nearby citizens and Border Patrol agents immediately responded to the scene and rescued Agent Smith and a Border Patrol agent who was acting as an observer. Both agents were transported to Thomason Hospital, where Agent Smith later succumbed to his injuries.
Agent Smith was a US Navy veteran and had served in law enforcement for 16 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and three siblings.