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San Diego Sector U.S. Border Patrol Agent Dies in the Line of Duty

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CAMPO, Calif. - On the morning of Friday, May 13, a U.S. Border Patrol agent died in the line of duty in California.

U.S. Border Patrol agent Daniel Salazar, on duty in a USBP vehicle, was seriously injured during a single-vehicle accident near Campo.  Agent Salazar, assigned to the El Cajon station within San Diego Sector, was the sole occupant of the vehicle.  Local emergency medical services responded, but he had succumbed to his injuries. The California Highway Patrol as well as U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility are investigating the incident.

Agent Salazar, 40 years old, entered on duty with U.S. Border Patrol in June 2018.  He is survived by his wife, son, father, mother, brother, and two sisters. 

San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke expressed his condolences to family, classmates, friends, and co-workers.

“Agent Salazar died while performing his duty, protecting our great Nation, and keeping our communities safe.  Our prayers go out to his family during this difficult time,” said Chief Heitke.

NOTE:  This statement was edited to include the agent’s name after receiving permission from the agent’s family, who at the time this was originally posted, had requested his name not be released.

Last Modified: May 20, 2022