December 1, 2022

Two migrants shot dead on roadside in rural Texas, one fatally injured

The driver leaned on the hood of the truck and fired twice at the group of migrants.

A shot struck one of the emigrants in the head, killing him; Another shot hit a female migrant in the stomach, the official said. He was taken to a hospital where he is recovering, according to a statement from the Texas Department of Public Safety, which is investigating the case.

The truck was found by investigators working with the U.S. Border Patrol at a home in the Sierra Blanca, the official said.

“We all responded,” First Deputy Lazaro Salgado of the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office described the night of the shooting. “We handed over the investigation to the Rangers.”

The deputy said Shepherds, 60, was arrested by the Texas Rangers.

In interviews with police summarized in the affidavit, the two men said they were looking for animals to shoot, telling investigators first they were looking for ducks, then birds and finally javelin and pigs. to the drier parts of West Texas.

According to affidavits, Mark Shepherd said he stopped the truck because he believed he saw a spear, and he said his brother left the truck with a gun and fired two shots. Neither of them went to check to see if they had hit something, he said, according to the affidavits.

According to the affidavits, he denied to the police that any of the men shouted anything before the shooting, and later, they left to attend a district water board meeting.