Supervisory Agent Rena R. McLaughlin
Tour of Duty: 18 years
Badge Number: Unknown
Incident Details:Cause of Death: Toxin Exposure (Needle Stick During Search)
Date of Incident: July 14, 1994
Weapon Used: None.
Suspect Info: Not available
Supervisory Agent Trena R. Mc Laughlin died as the result of Hepatitis C, which she had contracted after being stuck by a syringe while searching a vehicle.
On July 14, 1994, she was searching a vehicle at the United States Border Patrol’s Temecula Station in Riverside County, California, when her hand came in contact with a hidden syringe and was exposed. She later tested positive for Hepatitis C in 1998, and medically retired from the Border Patrol in 2002. She died as a result of this disease on September 14, 2009.
Agent McLaughlin had served with the United States Border Patrol for 18 years. She was 59 years old.
Agent McLaughlin was added to the downtown Riverside “Safe In His Arms” Memorial in 2012.