Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega, Jr.

Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega, Jr.

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

End of Watch Sunday, August 3, 2014

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Javier Vega, Jr.

Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega was shot and killed near La Feria, Texas, as he attempted to take action during a robbery while he was off duty.

He was fishing at a remote area with his wife, children, and parents, when two illegal aliens approached them and attempted to rob them. Agent Vega was shot in the chest when he attempted to draw his weapon and take action. His father was also shot and wounded as he returned fire at the men.

Both men fled the scene but were arrested a short time later. They were charged with capital murder, attempted capital murder, aggravated robbery, and tampering with evidence. It is believed the same subjects had committed numerous similar robberies at the direction of a Mexican cartel. Both men had been previously deported a total of six times. One suspect was sentenced to death on June 5, 2018; the other was sentenced to 50 years in January 2019.

Agent Vega was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the United States Border Patrol for six years. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, and brother.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Texas
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

illegal alien, off duty, robbery

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Agent Vega, I may not have known or been affiliated with you personally, but as a big supporter of all law enforcement officers and agents in this great country, I can only say thank you for your service, not just as a US Border Patrol Agent but also as a United States Marine. Having a father who is retired from service with the USBP, I know what it’s like to live in fear of losing the ones you love and worrying that your loved one could very realistically become a LODD. You may have paid the ultimate sacrifice, but your service will be honored forever, and you will never be forgotten for your contributions to this great country of hours. Semper Fi, and Honor First. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of god” -Matthew 5:9

Civilian Joe Robles

October 28, 2018

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