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FBI investigation finds no evidence of attack in death of border patrol officer

Donald Trump described it as a murder but the FBI investigation of Rogelio Martinez’s death suggests that the incident was an accident

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An extensive FBI investigation into the death of a border patrol agent that President Donald Trump described as a murder has found no evidence that the man was attacked.

Rogelio Martinez died from injuries sustained in November last year while responding to reports of a late-night incident near Interstate 10 in remote west Texas, about 30 miles from the border with Mexico.

Trump tweeted the next day that Martinez was “killed”, adding “we will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!”.

The president later added that Martinez’s partner, who was injured and hospitalised but survived, had been “brutally beaten”.

Two senior Texas Republicans – Governor Greg Abbott, and Senator Ted Cruz – also weighed in with statements describing the 36-year-old’s death as a murder.

But the FBI has found no sign of an attack, adding credibility to suggestions that the incident was an accident.

“To date none of the more than 650 interviews completed, locations searched, or evidence collected and analyzed have produced evidence that would support the existence of a scuffle, altercation, or attack on November 18, 2017,” the bureau’s El Paso office said in a statement on Wednesday.

The FBI is offering a reward for information and said that 37 of its field offices were involved in the “top priority” investigation, which included 26 searches in Texas and New Mexico and turned up two “persons of interest” who were found not to be involved, while “several individuals” were arrested on suspicion of an unrelated immigration offence.

The release provided a detail that was not previously made public: when talking to a dispatcher by phone, the second agent “made a statement to the effect of, ‘We ran into a culvert,’ ‘I ran into a culvert,’ or ‘I think I ran into a culvert’.”

The agent later told investigators he had no memory of what occurred because he suffered head injuries.

The FBI statement follows an inconclusive autopsy report released by the El Paso county medical examiner’s office on Tuesday which said the death was caused by blunt force trauma from an undetermined cause.

Border patrol union representatives have consistently maintained that Martinez was deliberately killed, perhaps after being struck with rocks.

“Just because there’s no evidence of a scuffle doesn’t mean that it wasn’t an assault,” Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told Fox News. “The only thing in my mind that makes sense is that they were attacked from behind.”

However, the local sheriff, Oscar Carrillo, told the Dallas Morning News last year that “from the beginning we were radioed to assist in the incident as an injury, not an assault.” Carrillo raised the possibility that the agents might have tumbled roughly 9ft into the culvert from the edge of the often windswept freeway, given the darkness and the risk of being sideswiped by a truck.

Trump has repeatedly seized on fatal incidents to advance the narrative that more border security and tougher immigration restrictions and enforcement are required to keep Americans safe.

He tweeted that the death of the NFL player Edwin Jackson last weekend in a suspected drunk-driving accident involving a previously deported undocumented immigrant from Guatemala was “disgraceful” and “just one of many such preventable tragedies”.

In response, the local prosecutor, a Democrat, said that attempts to politicise the crash were “ghoulish and inappropriate”.

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Powerful earthquake shakes Mexico City

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A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near Pinotepa de Don Luis, Mexico, south of Mexico City, this evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Se registra sismo en la CDMX. Se activa protocolo de revisión.

Se registra sismo de 7.2 con epicentro en Pinotepa Nacional, Oax. Sacude la CDMX. Se activa protocolo de revisión.

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Videos on social media showed buildings shaking in Mexico City.

 

Mexico is susceptible to major earthquakes because it sits near the boundaries of three fault lines. A magnitude 7.1 earthquake in central Mexico on Sept. 19 left 228 people dead in the capital and 369 across the region.

Over the past few weeks, quakes have hit near Japan, Guam and Taiwan around the planet’s so-called ‘Ring of Fire’ – a geological disaster zone.

Research in California says aftershocks can occur on the margins of the area in which the quake took place following a cluster of tremors.

There may also be the possibility of a ‘big one’ in the immediate area, according to the researchers.

Over 300 people, including schoolchildren, died from a powerful earthquake in central Mexico last September.

 

 

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Ex-FBI agent breaks down over school shooting

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At least 17 people were killed Wednesday in a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said.

The suspect, 19-year-old former student Nikolaus Cruz, is in custody, the sheriff said. The sheriff said he was expelled for unspecified disciplinary reasons. Police are investigating his digital profile, he said. So far, what they’ve found is “very, very disturbing,” Israel said.

At least 17 people have been taken to area hospitals, said Dr. Evan Boyar of Broward Health.

Law enforcement responded to reports of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shortly before 3 p.m. The shooting sent students and staff streaming out of the school in a panic.

The victims included students and adults, Israel said. Twelve were killed inside the building and two died outside, he said. One died in the street and two died at the hospital, the sheriff said.

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17 dead in Florida school shooting, law enforcement sources say

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At least 17 people were killed Wednesday in a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said.

The suspect, 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz, is in custody, the sheriff said. The sheriff said he was expelled for unspecified disciplinary reasons.

At least 14 people have been taken to area hospitals following the shooting, Israel said.

Law enforcement responded to reports of a shooting at the school shortly before 3 p.m. The shooting sent students and staff streaming out of the school in a panic.

Immediately after the shooting, aerial footage from CNN affiliate WSVN showed people lying on the ground outside the school, being treated for injuries and moved to ambulances.

Freshman Kayden Hanafi said he heard two gunshots and saw people running out of another building on campus. As he and his classmates went into lockdown in a classroom, many thought the noise might have been firecrackers.

“It’s really a blessing to still be alive,” he said.

Nicole Baltzer, 18, said she was in trigonometry class about 10 minutes before the end of the school day when the fire alarm went off. As students evacuated, she heard six gunshots and everyone started running back inside the school

“I heard so many gunshots, at least like six. They were very close,” Baltzer said.

A police officer told her to close her eyes as she walked past a classroom with broken glass, telling her “there’s nothing good to see in there,” she said.

A freshman named Aidan posted a photo on social media from inside his math class while on lockdown. Since then, he has left the building.

“We have been liberated. God bless, America,” Aidan tweeted after being evacuated from the building. “Love each other. You may never know when it may be the last day you meet someone.”

There had been a fire drill at the school earlier in the day, leading some to believe at first that the afternoon incident was another drill, a student told WSVN. “Everyone just started freaking out.”

“But then word started going around that it was shots and not just, like, something else, everyone just started running towards the canal,” the student said.

Parkland, with a population of 31,000 people in 2016, was named Florida’s safest city last year, according to an analysis by the Washington-based National Council for Home Safety and Security, a home security industry trade association. The south Florida city had seven reported violent crimes and 186 property crimes the previous year, according to the analysis.

Stoneman Douglas High School had an enrollment of about 3,100 students in the 2015-16 year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

As news of the shooting spread, desperate parents gathered near the property searching for their children.

Lissette Rozenblat told CNN that her daughter safely evacuated the school and took shelter at a nearby Walmart.

“She was very nervous, she said that she could hear the person who was shot crying out for help, and was just a nervous wreck,” Rozenblat said.

Agents from the Miami office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are responding to the scene, a spokesman said.

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