- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

RAYMONDVILLE, Texas (AP) - The 2014 fatal shooting of an off-duty Border Patrol agent during a South Texas fishing trip will now be considered a death in the line of duty.

Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan on Wednesday announced reclassification of the death of Agent Javier Vega Jr. of Kingsville, making his family eligible for survivor benefits.

Two men from Mexico remain jailed on capital murder and attempted capital murder charges in the slaying of Vega and the wounding of his father. Investigators say the victims, while fishing near Santa Monica, Texas, were attacked during a robbery attempt.

A panel of Border Patrol chiefs initially rejected the death as in the line of duty. The decision was changed as the Willacy County Sheriff’s Department noted Vega pulled his gun and tried to protect others.


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