A special agent with the Texas Department of Public Safety has died in a traffic accident. DPS Special Agent Anthony Salas was conducting tactical operations in Maverick County last night as part of a DPS Special Operations Group working together with the US Border Patrol BORTAC when he was involved in an accident near Eagle Pass.
Agent Salas was taken to Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center and then airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio. He died this morning.
"Special Agent Anthony Salas, 37, joined the department in 2013 and was stationed in El Paso. He served as a Trooper with the Texas Highway Patrol before promoting to a Special Agent in the department’s Criminal Investigations Division," said DPS in a statement. "Special Agent Salas was a member of the DPS West Texas Special Response Team, and he served in the United States Marine Corps before joining the department."
“I am saddened to hear that DPS Special Agent Anthony Salas was killed in a horrific vehicle accident in the line of duty in Eagle Pass," said Governor Greg Abbott. "This tragedy is a somber reminder of the selfless sacrifices our law enforcement make as they work to keep us safe. I ask Texans to join Cecilia and me in praying for Agent Salas' family as they grieve this unimaginable loss."