On Monday, April 18, 2016, Border Patrol Agent/Canine Handler Jose D. Barraza was killed in the line of duty in a two-vehicle accident near Sierra Blanca, Texas.
His canine partner was not seriously injured.
Agent Barraza, who was 29 years old, leaves behind his wife, two children and his mother.
Agent Barraza entered on duty on August 8, 2008, as a member of U.S. Border Patrol Academy Class 800. He was assigned to the Sierra Blanca Station.