Border Patrol Foundation
P.O. Box 15851
Arlington, VA 22215

(520) 705-1053

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Michael W. Barnes

End of Watch

December 12, 1996

Border Patrol Agent Barnes and other agents were working a trail on the Chittum Ranch in the Carrizo Springs, Texas,  with aerial assistance. Spotting a group of about 13 illegal aliens, five were apprehended when approached. The pilot spotted the remainder running along a creek bottom and was guiding Agents toward the area. Agent Barnes was within about 50 yards of them when the pilot stated over the radio that Agent Barnes had gone down. Notifying other Agents, they went to assist and the medical examiner’s office determined he had suffered a massive heart attack.