Border Patrol Agent Leopoldo Cavazos, Jr. United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – Border Patrol, U.S. Government End of Watch: Friday, July 6, 2012

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Border Patrol Agent Leopoldo Cavazos, Jr.

United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – Border Patrol, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Friday, July 6, 2012

Biographical Info

Age: 29
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: July 6, 2012
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Chief of Border Patrol Michael Fisher
United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – Border Patrol
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Room 6.5E
Washington, DC 20229
Phone: (202) 344-1770

Border Patrol Agent Leopoldo Cavazos succumbed to injuries sustained in an ATV accident while on patrol near Ft. Hancock, Texas.
He was patrolling an area along the border fence, approximately a half mile from the port of entry, when the accident occurred.
Agent Cavazos had served with the United States Border Patrol for six years. He is survived by his expectant wife and two daughters.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed in an ATV accident while on patrol near Fort Hancock early Friday evening, officials said Saturday.

Agent Leopoldo Cavazos Jr., 29, died in an ambulance on the way to an El Paso hospital, Border Patrol spokesman Doug Mosier said.

Border Patrol officials did not release any details on how the crash occurred because they said the accident was under investigation. Fort Hancock is about 40 miles east of El Paso.

The Border Patrol regularly uses all-terrain vehicles to patrol the desert and other areas that regular vehicles have difficulty reaching.

"Every day, agents of the U.S. Border Patrol face inherent dangers as they serve our nation and their citizens with commitment, professionalism and enthusiasm," the Border Patrol said in a news release.

Officials said Cavazos was originally from Houston and graduated from the Border Patrol Academy in 2006. He is survived by a wife and two children.

Cavazos had been assigned to the Border Patrol station in Fort Hancock since graduating from the academy.

He had also taken part in various border operations in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

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