Border Patrol Agent Jefferson L. Barr

Border Patrol Agent Jefferson L. Barr

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

End of Watch Friday, January 19, 1996

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Jefferson L. Barr

Border Patrol Agent Jefferson Barr was shot and killed near Black Bridge in Eagle Pass, Texas, while attempting to arrest four drug smugglers at about 10:30 pm.

During the arrest, one suspect pulled out a gun and shot him in the shoulder. The bullet traveled downward, severing his aorta and causing severe internal damage.

Despite being wounded, Agent Barr was able to return fire and wounded two of the suspects. One of the wounded suspects was taken into custody and the other was located in a hospital in Mexico.

201 pounds of marijuana were found at the scene of the shooting.

Agent Barr had served with the United States Border Patrol for eight years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Texas
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Two suspects shot and wounded

narcotics, arrest, illegal alien, smuggling

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Wow, 25 years have gone by and our memories of him are still strong. I have been to many gatherings and memories of Jeff are still spoken. I got to work with Jeff during those eight quick years and as others reported it was always a good time. We worked hard and kept busy. Jeff was extremely productive. He could jump barbed wire fences like a white tailed buck and his night vision was 20-20. He believed in our Mission. He was always on the hunt. I recall once he was going on vacation and he showed me a trail being used on the Bowles. He told me it was due for narcotics. He tasked me (I was a Sup by then) to catch the bad guys. I didn't want to let him down so I worked it all I could. I never caught them but I tried. I didn't want to disappoint Jeff. He was great to work with, fun at choir practice, and always had your back. RIP

Luis Valderrama
Border Patrol

January 20, 2021

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