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Tag: Texas

Border Patrol Kills Second Suspect in 1 Week After Car Runs Checkpoint

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

For the second time in Texas in one week, a Border Patrol agent shot and killed man.

The Associated Press reports that agents fatally shot the man after he drove through the inspection checkpoint at 5 p.m. Thursday.

According to authorities, the motorist was in the inspection lane on Interstate 10 in Sierra Blanca, about 80 miles southeast of El Paso.

Border Patrol agents pursued the car for about 30 minutes before the man brandished a gun.

“A pistol-shaped pellet gun was recovered from the individual’s vehicle,” according to the statement.

Border Patrol agents said they came under fire on Wednesday and shot back, killing one suspect on the U.S. side of the border.

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Border Patrol Fatally Shoots Drug Smuggling Suspect in South Texas

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Agents returned fire Wednesday morning and killed a drug smuggling suspect near Roma, Texas, the Associated Press reports. 

The incident happened after Border Patrol agents came under fire while investigating suspected drug smugglers in the desert, the agency said.

The agency, which has pledged to be more transparent about agent-involved shootings, didn’t divulge many details Wednesday evening.

Border Patrol has come under fire for what some critics charge is a quick-trigger mentality, even when the threat is minimal.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

FBI Turns Up Heat on Man Wanted in Murders of 2 Daughters in ’08

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Texas man accused of murdering his two daughters in 2008 was added to the FBI’s 10 most wanted list, and a reward leading to his arrest has increased as part of an effort to regenerate interest in the largely dormant case, Fox News reports. 

Prosecutors said Yaser Said, an Egyptian national, shot his daughters, ages 17 and 18, after becoming incensed with their increasingly Western lifestyles. They were raised in a Muslim family.

“Every time this case is pushed into the national spotlight we receive information,” FBI spokeswoman Katherine Chaumont said.

Family members expressed relief.

“I having been hoping for something like this for the past seven years,” Gail Gertrell, an aunt of the girls, told FoxNews.com. “For the sake of Sarah and Amina.”

 

Customs And Border Protection Officer Arrested for Allegedly Helping Smuggle Drugs into U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A 38-year-old Customs and Border Protection Officer is accused of helping drug smugglers cross into the U.S., Fox News reports.

Jose Luis Zavala, who works in Brownsville, Texas, was arrested on charges of drug smuggling and corruption.

He was arrested Dec. 12 and placed on administrative leave. An initial story incorrectly stated that he was a Border Patrol agent.

“CBP stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission,” CBP said in a statement. “The overwhelming majority of CBP employees and officers perform their duties with honor and distinction, working tirelessly every day to keep our country safe. We do not tolerate corruption or abuse within our ranks, and we fully cooperate with any criminal or administrative investigation of alleged misconduct by any of our personnel, on or off duty.”

Border Patrol Agent Shot at While Pulling Over Car in Texas, Returns Fire As Suspects Fled

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent came under fire Sunday morning while pulling over a car during a routine traffic stop, KFOX14 reports.

The incident happened around 7:25 a.m. when the suspect opened fire on the agent as he approached the car in Hudspeth County, which borders Mexico in Texas.

The agent returned fire but the driver and occupants were able to run away into the brush. Authorities were still searching for the suspects at the end of the weekend.

The agent didn’t sustain any serious injuries.

Texas Dad Suspected of Killing His Teen Daughters Is Added to FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Meet Yaser Abdel Said, the latest addition to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.

The 57-year-old is a suspect in the brutal New Year’s Day murders of his two teenage daughters, CBS News reports.

The girls, ages 17 and 18, died after being shot multiple times in the back of a taxi in Irving, Texas.

In a 911 call, the 17-year-old told the operator, “Oh my god. I’m dying.”

Said was born in Egypt, and his whereabouts are unknown.

2 People Killed, 7 Hospitalized After High-Speed Chase Ends in Crash in Texas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Two people were killed and seven hospitalized following a high-speed pursuit involving U.S. Border Patrol, Kiii News reports.

A driver of an SUV fled agents, leading to a chase that ended on Highway 77 about two miles south of Ricardo, Texas.

The crash happened about 9 a.m.

ABC 10 reports that about 16 people were underneath a tarp in the SUV.

“There was a lot of people in there… I couldn’t believe they fit that many people in there,” witness Luiza Marques told ABC 10.

More than a dozen people were detained.

Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty Against Suspects in Murder of Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent

Gustavo Tijerina (left) and Ismael Hernandez (right)

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Two men accused of killing an off-duty Border Patrol agent while he was on a family vacation could face the death penalty if found guilty.

The Valley Central reports that Willacy County District Attorney’s office is seeking the death penalty against Gustavo Tijerina and Ismael Hernandez.

The two men are accused in the death of Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega, Jr., who was fishing with his family when he tried to protect his family from a robbery.

Authorities said the two suspects fatally shot Vega at a remote fishing spot near Santa Monica.

A trial date has not yet been set.