Border Patrol Agent’s Passing Declared as ‘Line of Duty Death’

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KVEO News Center 23 spoke with one of the congressmen fighting for a fallen Border Patrol Agent.

Filemon Vela called upon the Department of Homeland Security to change a Border Patrol agent’s death declaration.

More than 2 years ago agent Javier Vega Jr. was killed off-duty while on a fishing trip. Two undocumented immigrants attempted to rob his family gun point. In exchange of gunfire, Agent Vega was shot and killed. Both suspects were arrested and charged. Thanks in part to Congressmen Vela, Senator John Cornyn and state leaders, Border Patrol changed the death declaration.

Congressman Filemon Vela said, “I was personally really, really happy and I got to say, there are some officers who worked with agent Vega, that pushed this from the very beginning. I’m really happy to have been able to support them in this effort. They really deserve a lot of credit for this.”

Agent Vega’s name will be added to the CBP Valor Memorial. A complete investigation, by the Public Safety Officers Benefits Board will review of the circumstances of his death. The results could determine if his name will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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