Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Guillermo Salinas

Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Guillermo Salinas

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

End of Watch Tuesday, July 7, 1998

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Ricardo Guillermo Salinas

Border Patrol Agent Ricardo Salinas was shot and killed after a car chase in Texas.

Agent Salinas and two other Border Patrol agents were assisting a local agency in trying to stop the suspects who had just committed another murder. Agent Salinas was shot in the head with an MK-90 rifle. The suspect had just shot and killed Agent Susan Rodriguez.

A Cameron County sheriff's deputy was also shot and critically wounded. The three officers were re-entering their cruisers when the suspect came out of a cornfield and ambushed them. None of them had time to return fire. The suspect was then taken into custody after a gunfight with several other officers at the scene and died later in the day from his wounds.

Agent Salinas had served with the Border Patrol for one year. He was survived by his parents and sister.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 7160

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Texas
  • Weapon Rifle; MK-90
  • Offender Shot and killed

murder suspect, vehicle pursuit

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Agent Salinas,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country and to the Patrol. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

a fellow BPA

United States Border Patrol

July 7, 2023

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