U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas was ambushed and killed by five smugglers seeking to steal his night-vision goggles, according to a second suspect who has provided details of the crime in a plea agreement.
Emilio Gonzales pleaded guilty to murder of a federal officer in court and faces life in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 17. The suspects had lost night-vision goggles they use in smuggling operations, and were seeking a second pair.
Agent Robert Rosas spotted a suspicious group in the remote Campo area near the Mexican border July 23, 2009. He called for backup but when the suspicious group split up, Rosas went after some suspects by himself.
Source: NBC San Diego