The mission of Border Patrol Foundation (BPF) is to honor the memory of fallen U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents and provide support and resources to the families. BPF provides support to Border Patrol employees, USBP agents and their families for on- and off-duty deaths, injuries, illnesses, family medical emergencies, special circumstances and student scholarships.
Ivan E. Scotten
End of Watch
July 20, 1929
Patrol Inspector Ivan E. Scotten was shot and killed in the early morning of July 20, 1929, during a gun battle following the ambush of Scotten and three other Patrol Inspectors at the upper Los Pompos crossing on the Rio Grande River, near San Elizario, Texas, by 15 to 20 Mexican alien smugglers. The smugglers, who had come off second best in a brush with Patrol Inspectors earlier in the night, saw the lights of the returning patrol car, crossed the river to the American side, and hid themselves in the brush along an irrigation ditch which the road crossed. They opened fire on the patrol car from two sides at almost point blank range, killing Scotten before the other officers succeeded in driving them off. One of the smugglers fired a shot through Scotten’s head while Scotten lay wounded in the road.