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Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega, Jr. | United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Border Patrol Agent

Javier Vega, Jr.

United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Sunday, August 3, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Texas

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Charged with capital murder

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Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega was shot and killed near La Feria, Texas, as he attempted to take action during a robbery while he was off duty.

He was fishing at a remote area with his wife, children, and parents, when two illegal aliens approached them attempted to rob them. Agent Vega was shot in the chest when he attempted to draw his weapon and take action. His father was also shot and wounded as he returned fire at the men.

Both men fled the scene but were arrested a short time later. They were charged with capital murder, attempted capital murder, aggravated robbery, and tampering with evidence. It is believed the same subjects had committed numerous similar robberies at the direction of a Mexican cartel. Both men had been previously deported a total of six times.

Agent Vega was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the United States Border Patrol for six years. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, and brother.

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Javier,

I am glad to see the Chief's committee came to their senses and reclassified you as a LODD. You have a strong loyalty chain to your family, and that is commendable on its own.

Anyone in GREEN/BLUE probably would have reacted the same way you did when faced with those circumstances in close proximity to their family.

Rest in peace, brother. May your memory live in the hearts of those that you fought to protect.

Border Patrol Agent
US Border Patrol
November 9, 2016

 

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