The Border Patrol agent who killed the mass shooter at an Uvalde, Texas elementary school here Tuesday belonged to a small, elite team that has a presence in this town and responded to calls about the incident on local police radio.
The agent and two colleagues who confronted the shooter belong to the Border Patrol Tactical Unit, known as Bortac. Its roughly 240 agents are among the most highly trained in federal law enforcement. They do some of the Border Patrol’s most risky work, including storming suspected migrant stash houses and tracking human-smuggling networks.
One Border Patrol agent was shot, but is expected to make a recovery, sources said, one of at least a dozen agents — both on-duty and off-duty — who rushed to the scene.