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Tucson Border Patrol agent dies in car crash

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Published: Jul. 31, 2021 at 9:28 AM MST|Updated: Jul. 31, 2021 at 9:35 AM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent and a civilian driver died in a head-on collision near Sells, Arizona, early in the morning Saturday, July 31.

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott identified the agent as Daniel Cox, who became an agent in 1997.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor Cox on Thursday, Aug. 5.

“Arizona is devastated by the loss of Border Patrol Agent Daniel Cox,” Ducey said in a news release. “He dedicated more than 20 years to protecting our nation, and his service has helped create a safer environment for our border communities and all Arizonans. My prayers are with Agent Cox’s loved ones and southern Arizona’s law enforcement community at this difficult time.”

According to Chief Patrol Agent John R. Modlin, multiple emergency response agencies, including a life flight, responded to the scene.

A short time after the collision, both Cox and the driver of the other vehicle were pronounced dead on the scene. No one else was in either vehicle.

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