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Official wants shooting from helicopters suspended
By Jason BuchSan Antonio Express-News
The Hidalgo County district attorney Wednesday asked the Texas Department of Public Safety to temporarily suspend its practice of using airborne sharpshooters to disable vehicles during pursuits.
Last week, two immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally were killed by a state trooper near the Mexican border when the agent opened fire from a DPS helicopter on a pickup that fled from police.
The truck was thought to be carrying a drug load but was instead packed with Guatemalan immigrants, officials said. Border Patrol agents detained seven immigrants at the scene and hours later caught the truck’s 14-year-old suspected driver, but a mistake led to his release.
The shooting has brought scrutiny to the DPS policy that allows troopers in helicopters to shoot at moving vehicles.
Civil rights organizations lambasted the shooting, and last week a nationally known use-of-force expert said he had never heard of a U.S. law enforcement agency with a similar policy.
Wednesday, the top prosecutor in the border county where the shooting took place weighed in on the controversy.
“I’ve asked DPS through the [Texas] Rangers to talk to the higher-ups about no more helicopter shootings until they review their procedures and policies,” Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra said.
Marco Antonio Castro and Jose Leonardo Coj Cumar were killed as they huddled in the pickup’s bed. The marksman in a DPS helicopter tried to disable the truck after it fled from a Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden.
The trooper who shot and killed the two Guatemalans was put on administrative leave and will go before a grand jury, Guerra said, as is standard practice in most cases where police officers shoot and kill someone. The Texas Rangers are conducting the investigation.
About four hours after the Oct. 25 pursuit, Border Patrol agents caught the suspected driver, a Mexican citizen, said Mike Cox, a spokesman for Texas Parks and Wildlife, which is investigating the pursuit. The teenager was turned over to the Rangers, but at some point he was released. He didn’t appear at a hearing in an unrelated criminal case Tuesday, Cox said, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
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