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Ricardo Guillermo Salinas

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July 7, 1998

On July 7, 1998, Border Patrol Agent Susan Lynn Rodriguez and Ricardo Guillermo Salinas with other agents responded to a call for assistance from the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department south of Benito, Texas. The Sheriff’s deputies were pursuing a double homicide suspect. Agent Rodriguez was helping to set up a perimeter in an attempt to contain the fleeing suspect in a wooded area where he was believed to be hiding. As Agents Rodriguez and Ricardo Salinas walked back to their vehicle, the suspect emerged from a cornfield and began firing on them and the other law enforcement officers on the scene. During the ensuing gun battle, Agents Rodriguez and Salinas were killed. Agent Rodriguez was the first female agent in the history of the United States Border Patrol to lose her life in the line of duty.