Senior Patrol Inspector Miles Joseph Scannell

Senior Patrol Inspector Miles Joseph Scannell

United States Department of Labor - Immigration Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, September 9, 1929

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Miles Joseph Scannell

Senior Patrol Inspector Miles Scannell was shot and killed as he and another inspector patrolled along the shoreline of the Rio Grande River near Polvo, Presidio County, Texas.

The inspectors were about 600 yards apart when the other inspector heard two muffled shots. Around 8:00 am he found Inspector Scannell's body suffering five bullet wounds, 15 stab wounds and badly beaten. There was evidence a struggle had ensued before Inspector Scannell was overpowered. His handcuffs and weapon were missing which led investigators to believe he had handcuffed one suspect before being jumped by the other suspects. It was concluded that he had intercepted a party of illegal aliens crossing the border to pick cotton.

The suspects were never apprehended.

Inspector Scannell had served with the United States Border Patrol for eight years. He was survived by his wife and a two-year old son. He was buried in Alpine, Texas.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Texas
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

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Senior Inspector Scannell,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country and the Patrol. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey

Border Patrol Agent Michael Casey
United States Border Patrol

September 9, 2019

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