Special Agent Jaime J. Zapata United States Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations U.S. Government End of Watch: Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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Special Agent Jaime J. Zapata
United States Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations
U.S. Government

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Biographical Info
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: 8 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Incident Location: Overseas
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: At large

Special Agent Jaime Zapata was shot and killed outside of Mexico City, Mexico.
He and another agent assigned to United States Embassy and were traveling between Mexico City and Monterrey when they were forced off the road by 10 members of a Mexican drug cartel. The agents were in an armored vehicle with diplomatic plates and identified themselves as diplomats.
The cartel members opened fire on them, fatally wounding Agent Zapata and wounding the second agent.
Special Agent Zapata had served with ICE for four years and had previously served with the United States Border Patrol for four years.

Agency Contact Information
United States Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations
500 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20536
Phone: (202) 732-4242
Please contact the United States Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

brownsvilleherald

Local and federal officials today are expressing their condolences to the family of ICE Agent Jaime Jorge Zapata, who was killed Tuesday in what is believed to be an attack by the Zetas drug cartel.

The Brownsville native had been working temporarily in Mexico City, officials said.

Zapata, 34, graduated from the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College in 2005, where he received an associate degree in Applied Science and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

He also attended Hanna High School.

According to the victim’s voter registration card he was born May 7, 1978 and his driver’s license lists an address in Laredo where he is believed to have been stationed.

UTB-TSC reaction

“Our prayers go to the family and friends of Jaime Zapata, a courageous and noble young man whose devoted service and love for his country inspires us all,” UTB-TSC President Juliet Garcia said in a statement.

Authorities said Zapata and fellow agent Jaime Avila were driving in the state of San Luis Potosí when they were chased along Highway 57, a federal artery that connects with Monterrey, and came upon a drug cartel checkpoint.

After they stopped, an agent inside the armored Chevrolet Suburban rolled down his window and displayed his U.S. identification.

The gunman, suspected to be a Zeta, fired several shots from his assault weapon into the driver’s abdomen. Zapata, who was behind the wheel, was later pronounced dead.

In a prepared statement, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, said he was saddened to hear the agents had been shot in Mexico and of Zapata’s death.

“My deepest sympathies go out to the agents, their families and the law enforcement community at large and along the border.”

“While all facts are not yet clear, any attack on American law enforcement in the line of duty in an outrage and unconscionable,” Cuellar said. “We must work with the Mexican government to prosecute those responsible to the full extent of the law, while continuing to support institutions that combat criminal elements.”

Brownville Police reaction

Brownsville Police Chief Carlos Garcia extended his condolences to ICE and to the victim’s family. “We are very saddened that one of our fellow law enforcement officers was killed in the line of duty,” Garcia said.

“We are offering our services to ICE officials and the family to do whatever we can do to make it easier on the family; whatever we can do as a city to support the family in this very difficult situation,” Garcia said.

The police department has made its presence known by the victim’s house, providing security to the area. “It is just a courtesy. There have been no threats against the family,” Garcia said.

Garcia declined to comment when asked if other members of the victim’s family are in law enforcement. “That is not my place,” Garcia said of providing information regarding the victim.

Garcia said that Brownsville police officers stopped going to Mexico since April or May of last year. “And we are not crossing,” Garcia said.

 

Murdered ICE Agent Jaime Zapata Family Wants Answers

 

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1 Response to “Special Agent Jaime J. Zapata United States Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations U.S. Government End of Watch: Tuesday, February 15, 2011”


  1. 1 freddy February 19, 2011 at 23:49

    My condolencias to this familia.cada instante q cae un oficial del orden debemos prepararnos mas para protejer a un Países q le brinda muchas oportunidades a todos los seres humanos.en ocaciones me pregunto por q existe tanta violencia en este mundo. Paz para todos y cuidemos d nuestros hijos.


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