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Crime Border Patrol agent Robert Hotten dies on patrol in southern Arizona

21:45  07 october  2019
21:45  07 october  2019 Source:   azcentral.com

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TUCSON — A U.S. Border Patrol agent stationed to the Tucson Sector died Sunday on patrol along the Arizona border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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Robert Hotten, 44, was a 10-year veteran of the agency. Several agents found him unresponsive near Mount Washington, located south of Patagonia at the Coronado National Forest, according to a statement provided by Border Patrol's Tucson Sector.

The agents provided initial medical care until the agent was airlifted to a waiting ambulance and then transported to a hospital in the Nogales area. He was pronounced dead at some point during that time, according to a Tucson Sector spokesman.

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Hutton was on patrol by himself, as is customary for border agents. While the cause of his death is unknown at this time, the agency ruled out foul play, the spokesman added.

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"On behalf of the U.S. Border Patrol, Tucson Sector, I want to thank the responding agents and emergency response personnel who worked attentively to render aid and secure medical assistance," Chief Patrol Agent Roy Villareal said.

"Our deepest sympathies are extended to Agent Robert M. Hotten’s family, friends, and colleagues," he added. "I ask that you keep Agent Hotten’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers."

CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan first sent out a tweet Monday disclosing the agent's death.

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"My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, son, loved ones, and colleagues," he wrote.

Hutton had been with the Border Patrol since 2009. He was assigned to the Sonoita station, which is responsible for patrolling the mountain areas east of Nogales.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Border Patrol agent Robert Hotten dies on patrol in southern Arizona

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