Border patrol agent killed on I-20 service road in Tye

    (Nick Bradshaw/KTXS)

    A border patrol agent was hit and killed on the I-20 service road in Tye.

    The Texas Department of Public Safety said they were notified about a fatal crash around 8:15 p.m.

    DPS initially said a pedestrian was killed on the south service road at mile marker 276 by a vehicle traveling west.

    A KTXS crew spoke to DPS on scene who confirmed the pedestrian was a border patrol agent.

    The Abilene Police Officer's Association said a female border patrol agent was struck by a vehicle while assisting DPS and Tye police on the service road.

    The agent's body was escorted by law enforcement to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office in Fort Worth for an autopsy.

    The driver was taken into custody for questioning and blood and toxicology tests, according to DPS.

    It is unknown whether the driver will face charges.

    An FBI agent from the Abilene field office showed up on scene to pay his respects.

    Police departments are starting to share messages of condolence.

    The Abilene Police Officer's Association said "Prayers tonight...officer down."

    Merkel police said "it is with great sadness we say farewell, to not only a fellow officer, but a friend tonight. God speed Agent."

    The Coleman Police Department said "prayers for the Agent and her family."

    The Callahan County Sheriff's Office said "you will always be missed by everyone that got the pleasure to work alongside you. Rest easy, Sister. We have the watch from here."

    They also urged drivers to follow the state's move over law.

    The crash is under investigation and no other information has been released.

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