US Border Patrol agent killed on Arizona highway

US Border Patrol agent killed on Arizona highway

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US Border Patrol agent killed on Arizona highway

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by Astrid Galvan, Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Updated Friday, May 30 at 2:24 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Thursday in honor of a U.S. Border Patrol agent killed in a rollover accident on Interstate 10 near Benson.

The governor's office has identified the agent who died in the Wednesday morning crash as Alexander Giannini of the Border Patrol's Willcox Station. His age and other background information haven't been released.

Flags will also be lowered on the day of his funeral, which hasn't been set.

Another agent who was in the vehicle suffered minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

The accident took place on eastbound Interstate 10 about 8 miles east of Benson at around 7:40 a.m., according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. A spokesman said the rollover was in part due to tire tread separation. Giannini, 24, was ejected from the vehicle. He was not wearing his seatbelt.

A portion of the highway was closed for several hours during an investigation.

Both border agents are based out of the Willcox Station. It is not clear what duty they were performing while on the highway.

Giannini died while being transported via helicopter to University Medical Center in Tucson.

Border Patrol officials have disclosed little information about the crash and have not identified either agent.

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske released a statement saying, "It is difficult expressing our thoughts and appreciation for their commitment and dedication to the mission knowing that whatever words we draw upon simply will not do justice to the sacrifices they made. We ask that the citizens of Arizona and the nation join us in thoughts and prayers for the families of these brave individuals."

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Border agent killed on Arizona interstate

PHOENIX (AP) -- An on-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another was injured after the vehicle they were in rolled over on Interstate 10 near Benson Wednesday morning.

A statement from Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske said the agent who was killed was a five-year veteran. Another agent who was in the vehicle was transported to a hospital in Tucson. His current condition was not immediately known. The agency has not released the names of the two agents.

The accident took place on eastbound Interstate 10 about eight miles east of Benson at around 7:40 a.m., according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. A spokesman said the rollover was in part due to tire tread separation.

A portion of the highway was closed for several hours during an investigation.

The border agents are based out of the Willcox station. It is not clear what duty they were performing while on the highway.

The agent died while being transported via helicopter to University Medical Center in Tucson.

"It is difficult expressing our thoughts and appreciation for their commitment and dedication to the mission knowing that whatever words we draw upon simply will not do justice to the sacrifices they made. We ask that the citizens of Arizona and the nation join us in thoughts and prayers for the families of these brave individuals," Kerlikowske said.

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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