Man Driving Car Stolen Here Dies In Shootout With Border Agents

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

HEBBRONVILLE (March 22, 2013)--A man who died Thursday in an exchange of gunfire with U.S. Border Patrol Agents was driving a car that had been stolen in Waco, authorities said Friday.

U.S. Border Patrol press liaison Efrain Perez said Friday the man, who has not yet been positively identified, died after he pulled a handgun on three border patrol agents, shot one of them in the hip and then was shot himself.

The wounded agent, who also has not been identified, was flown from the area just south of Hebbronville to a Corpus Christi hospital where he was treated for a leg wound and later released.

Perez said agents were on patrol in the area of Farm-to-Market Road 649 and Chihuahua Road, just south of Hebbronville, when they spotted a car on the side of the roadway that appeared to have been involved in an accident.

Perez said agents pulled up to the car, a gray 2010 Honda Civic, and began talking with a man who was standing beside it.

One of the agents checked the car's license plate and it came back to a stolen vehicle report out of Waco.

The man, who was thought to have been the driver of the car, also fit the description of a man who was named in a warrant issued by Waco police charging robbery.

A fight erupted between the agents and the suspect and during the struggle the man pulled a handgun and shot one of the agents.

Two other agents returned fire and killed the man.

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