Mission, TX – The U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agent who died in the line of duty early Wednesday morning while tracking down a group of illegal immigrants has been identified.
The fatal incident occurred at approximately 1 a.m. on Dec. 7, USBP Chief Raul Ortiz said in a press release.
USBP Agent Raul Humberto Gonzalez, 38, was traveling on an all-terrain vehicle at a high rate of speed while pursuing a group of suspects who illegally crossed into the United States from Mexico when he slammed into a large metal gate on Schuerbach Road, KURV reported.
“He was found unresponsive by his fellow agents who immediately initiated life-saving efforts and requested [emergency medical services],” Chief Ortiz said.
Agent Gonzalez was rushed to a local hospital by ambulance, where he succumbed to his injuries.
No details regarding the individuals he was pursuing were immediately released, and it is unclear if they were apprehended.
“The death of an agent who dies while securing our nation’s border is a tremendous loss for our organization and our nation,” Chief Ortiz said. “Our prayers are with his family and co-workers during this difficult time.”
— Chief Raul Ortiz (@USBPChief) December 7, 2022
Agent Gonzalez was the sixth USBP agent to die in the line of duty this year, according to the New York Post.
The tragic, deadly crash occurred just one day after President Joe Biden refused to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border during a visit to Arizona.
“Why go to a border state and not visit the border?” one reporter asked him as he was preparing to leave the White House for his journey, the New York Post reported.
“Because there are more important things going on,” President Biden responded.
He has not visited the border at all during his entire presidency, according to the New York Post.
Vice President Kamala Harris went to the border on just one occasion, and that was last year.
Agent Gonzalez was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector McAllen Station at the time of his death.
“His love of the country made him a stellar agent proudly serving 10+ years, ultimately resulting in his tragic death,” the fallen hero’s obituary read.
My condolences to the family & friends of Border Patrol Agent Raul Gonzalez. He was tragically killed in an ATV accident while protecting our borders. Many knew him as a great father & as a go getter at work. We are forever grateful for his service and sacrifice. #USBP #RGV #RIP pic.twitter.com/euSgBKkbqL
— Mayra Flores (@MayraFlores2022) December 7, 2022
Agent Gonzalez leaves behind his girlfriend, Yvonne, and his children, Sebastian and Camila.
He is also survived by his father, brother, grandmother, aunts and uncles.
Agent Gonzalez will be laid to rest on Dec. 12.