Tucson Border Patrol Agent Dies In The Line Of Duty

Anibal “Tony” A. Perez died on November 5 in what the Border Patrol is calling a “line of duty death.” According to US Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz, the cause of death was kept confidential, and that Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Perez served the agency for 15 years.

A fundraiser for Isabela Perez and their children has been set up to help ease the cost of the unexpected loss of Agent Perez.

From the GoFundMe:

“It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Anibal “Tony” A. Perez, a five-year veteran and Supervisory Border Patrol Agent with the United States Border Patrol. Tony unexpectedly passed away in the line of duty on November 5, 2021.
Tony leaves behind a loving wife of 23 years, three adoring children, parents,  and sister along with numerous other loved family members and dear friends.
Tony will be remembered as a man who deeply loved his family and friends and was devoted to the service and protection of his country. He spent his life serving and protecting others as a son, a husband, a father, as a sergeant in the 630TH Military Police Company, and as United States Border Patrol Agent for the last 14 years.”
The donation page indicated that Agent Perez would receive the Border Patrol’s highest honor of “National Hero” and have his name added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC. The GoFundMe says all donations are sent directly to Agent Perez’s family.
According to ABC15, Governor Doug Ducey ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff on November 13 in his honor. Gov. Ducey’s released a statement saying, “Arizona mourns the loss of Border Patrol Agent Tony Perez. He put his life on the line to keep our border safe and protect fellow Arizonans. His bravery and selflessness made our communities and entire state stronger — and we are grateful for his service. My prayers are with Agent Perez’s loved ones, colleagues, and the whole southern Arizona law enforcement community. In honor of his life and service, I’ve ordered flags be lowered to half-staff tomorrow.”

This marks the second “in-the-line-of-duty” death in 8 days for the Border Patrol, as California Border Patrol Port Director Mathew Lyons died on October 28. The announcement said Agent Lyon was an agent since 2009. Again, the Border Patrol didn’t release the information regarding Agent Lyon’s death.
Similarly, in the case of Agent Perez’s death, ABC15 reached out to the Tucson area Border Patrol to receive more information surrounding his death. The department answered the inquiry saying, “At this time, no additional information is available.”

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