Arizona border agent dies in the line of duty


FBI has not ruled out foul play

TUCSON, Arizona (CNN) — A border agent died while on patrol Sunday in Arizona.

Robert Hotten, 44, was with the agency for 10 years.

The Tucson Sector chief said it looks like Hotten fell and may have hit his head on rocks while checking a sensor that was set off by a group of migrants.

“Agent Hotten was working with fellow agents … had responded to the sensor. After a period of time of not responding (to) the radio, the agents began to search for him, found him unresponsive and then immediately began life-saving efforts. This included CPR. These efforts were for a prolonged period of time. The agents initiated CPR and that continued for over two hours,” Tucson Sector Chief Roy Villareal said. “Because of the remoteness and the rugged terrain, we were unable to airlift Agent Hotten in the initial location that we found him. We were also impeded in our ability to drop off medical equipment.”

The cause of death has not been determined.

The Santa Cruz County sheriff said there’s no indication of foul play. But the FBI has taken over the investigation and hasn’t ruled out foul play yet.

The sheriff also noted Hotten had a history of heart trouble.

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