Border Patrol Agent Robert Wimer Rosas, Jr.

Border Patrol Agent Robert Wimer Rosas, Jr.

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

End of Watch Thursday, July 23, 2009

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Robert Wimer Rosas, Jr.

Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas was shot and killed while on patrol near Campo, California, at approximately 9:15 pm. He was shot multiple times from ambush after exiting his patrol vehicle on the Shockey Truck Trail along the border.

A group of five armed men had traveled in Mexico to the U.S.-Mexico border with the intent of robbing a United States Border Patrol agent. Three of the men crossed into the United States while the remaining two men remained in Mexico to act as lookouts.

The three men who crossed into the United States set up an ambush and lured Agent Rosas out of his vehicle. He was shot multiple times before the men robbed him of his gear bag, handcuffs, firearm, and night vision goggles.

Responding agents located Agent Rosas suffering from several gunshot wounds.

Four of the five suspects, including the 17-year-old believed to have shot Agent Rosas, were apprehended. The subject who fired the shots was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Agent Rosas had served with the United States Border Patrol for three years. He is survived by his wife, 2-year-old son, and 11-month-old daughter.

Bio

  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge C255

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location California
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 40 years

ambush, illegal alien, juvenile offender

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To the Rosas family: I did not know Robert. I was a young trainee still in the BP Academy when this attack occurred. I'll never forget how I felt when I heard the terrible news. Robert's death remained a constant reminder to all of us trainees at the time that we were joining a dangerous profession with real consequences. I hope you know that the loss of Robert affected us greatly and surely helped all of us to take our training seriously and to never forget those that have came before us. We will remember Robert's sacrifice and your family's sacrifice and hope you are all at peace. God bless.

T. D.
Former SBPA

September 30, 2021

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