Hero Down: U.S. Customs and Border Protection K9 Bulder Killed By Gunman

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol K9 Bulder was fatally shot in the line of duty on Tuesday.

El Paso, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol K9 Bulder was killed in the line of duty on Tuesday as he was searching for a fugitive who was wanted for illegally manufacturing and possessing firearms.

The U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the El Paso Police Department (EPPD) responded to a residence in the 4500-block of Capricorn Drive at approximately 6 a.m. to execute an arrest and search warrant, the El Paso Times reported.

According to ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Craig Saier, warrants were issued in connection with alleged federal firearms manufacturing and dealing offenses, KDBC reported.

Because the suspect was potentially armed and dangerous, multiple agencies responded to assist, SAC Saier explained.

The agents were in the backyard of the residence when they were confronted by an unnamed 62-year-old gunman, the El Paso Times reported.

The suspect opened fire on the agents, hitting K9 Bulder.

They immediately returned fire, killing the gunman.

“It happened in seconds,” El Paso Police Sergeant Robert Gomez said during a press conference.

Two women were inside the home at the time of the shootout, and both were uninjured, Sgt. Gomez said.

No arrests have been made, he added.

K9 Bulder, a five-year-old Belgian Malinois, died of his wounds at the scene, the El Paso Times reported.

He was a member of the BORTAC, and served his agency for two years, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

U.S. Border Special Operations Chief Patrol Agent Tim Sullivan said that K9 Bulder’s sacrifice helped save his fellow officers.

"Please let the public know that this K-9 agent and his partner, without a doubt, saved other agents from significant injury and possibly death,” Chief Sullivan told KVIA.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol in the loss of K9 Bulder.

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Judid292
Judid292

RIP

DR226
DR226

RIP Bulder thank you for your service😢

Mumsy
Mumsy

RIP Bulder These idiots that shoot and kill cops and their K-9s need to be made to pay for the cost of raising and training these animals!!! And supporting the officer's families!!!

Njaz
Njaz

Condolences for partner of this brave animal. On a positive note, the perp was stopped- dead. I was also not aware ... "a fugitive who was wanted for illegally manufacturing and possessing firearms". If perps manufacture their own guns- how can anyone (ie; politicians) delude themselves into thinking gun control would stop gun violence? I disagree anyway, but this just makes their argument mute. Good job officers!🇺🇸

bryantrent
bryantrent

Crazy

PhillyBlue
PhillyBlue

RIP, at least the shooter took the room temperature challenge instead of draining taxpayers money from years of incarceration

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

RIP K9 Bulder! Prayers to your handler and LEO family. 🐕💙

Glad the POS is rotting in hell and not wasting tax payer dollars!!

ScoutLeduxStarr
ScoutLeduxStarr

RIP BUDDY, may the shooter rot in hell...my condolence to Bulder's partner officer, it's like losing a true brother...thanks for all the service you and your partner have made.

Bollig-SDSO-10E3-Ret
Bollig-SDSO-10E3-Ret

My prayers are with canine Bulder, his handler and the team. I know firsthand the bond between handler, canine, family and those teammates who work with them daily. Bulder did what he was trained to do without hesitation, without fear. It sounds as if Bulder literally faced the danger, faced into it giving those with him the fractions of seconds to react which more than likely was a game changer in the outcome. Truly a hero, in every sense of the word..!

May God bless Bulder and his handler for their service together in the face of evil. It is true that God loves all his creation, all his animals to serve and bring companionship to man; it's clear Bulder excelled in his service. May the Lord bring faith, love and strength to the hearts of the handler and those members on the team who are struck by this loss. May the wrath of God's judgment rid us of such evil. Blessings - In His Holy name !

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

I still don't understand WHY they send these dogs after ARMED OFFENDERS knowing what the out come may be !!!!! Sad, VERY SAD.