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 in Texas while attempting to arrest four drug smugglers near the Rio Grande River. 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 agency for 8 years.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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Like everybody else, my heart sunk when I learned about Jeff's passing. I was a big blow to all of us, his buddies at work. Jeff was one of the most humble guys I have ever met and still get a lump in my throat thinking about him today. Our job is a difficult one and Jeff is always on my mind when talking with the younger agents about the dangers and staying alert. Leigh Ann, Tiffany, and Cody, we still mourn with you.

Edgar P. Cano, Watch Commander, FTB

January 25, 2018

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