A Texas National Guard soldier is dead near the border of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The body was discovered near his post south of Eagle Pass. The soldier was reportedly on duty at the time patrolling the border as part of the state-funded Operation Lone Star. The soldier's name and hometown haven't yet been disclosed.
Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement:
"Cecilia and I are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic loss of a soldier with the Texas National Guard. Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of the soldier. Texas Rangers are leading the investigation, as the Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety coordinate with local law enforcement. I ask all Texans to join Cecilia and me in praying for the soldier’s family during this heartbreaking time. And for any Texan who is in crisis, we urge you to seek help immediately from a family member, loved one, or a mental health service."
Crisis support resources for military service members and veterans can be found on the Texas Military Department website here: https://tmd.texas.gov/crisis-support-now
Mental health crisis resources can be found on the Texas Human and Health Services website here: https://www.hhs.texas.gov/services/mental-health-substance-use/mental-health-crisis-services