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Special Agent Jaime Jorge Zapata | United States Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Government United States Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Government

Special Agent

Jaime Jorge Zapata

United States Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Overseas

Incident Date: 2/15/2011

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: At large

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Special Agent Jaime Zapata was shot and killed outside of Mexico City, Mexico.

He and another agent were assigned to the United States Embassy and were traveling between Mexico City and Monterrey when they were forced off the road by 10 members of a Mexican drug cartel. The agents were in an armored vehicle with diplomatic plates and identified themselves as diplomats.

The cartel members opened fire on them, fatally wounding Agent Zapata and wounding the second agent.

Several members of the drug cartel were apprehended in Mexico and face charges in connection with Special Agent Zapata's murder. One has been extradited to the United States.

Special Agent Zapata had served with ICE for four years and had previously served with the United States Border Patrol for just under one year. He is survived by his parents and four brothers, two of whom also serve as federal agents. He is buried in Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens, Brownsville, Texas.

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Jaime, you are dearly missed, but never forgotten. Our office is surrounded by your picture, and indeed It help us all push harder. I am proud to have worked with you, and greatly appreciated your sense of humor in the most stressful moments. We all miss you, but every minute of every day, we have you in our thoughts and prayers. This fight will not be in vain.

ICE Special Agent
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March 3, 2012

 

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