Police Search For 14-Year-Old Murder Suspect In Texas And Mexico

| by Jared Keever

Texas police are searching for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a teenager, a Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said last week. 

The Brownsville Herald reported police found the 16-year-old boy, shot in the head, and behind the wheel of a truck that nearby residents had reported on Sept.15 as wrecked on the side of the road. After discovering the young man had been shot, police had him rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died from the wound.

Witnesses at the scene said they saw a second person jump from the vehicle and run off shortly after it crashed.

Police said Sept. 17 they were interested in speaking with a 17-year-old man, identified only by the name “Cipriano,” in connection with the case. 

But Breitbart Texas reported later in the day police had developed a theory for a possible motive in the shooting and were looking for an alternate suspect. The source said police were now searching for a 14-year-old male as a suspect in the shooting.

The 16-year-old victim was reported to have been a known human smuggler with a lengthy criminal history, according to The Latino Post

In October 2012 the victim, whose name has not been released, allegedly led Texas authorities on a dramatic car chase. Driving a red pickup truck filled with illegal Guatemalan immigrants, the teenager is said to have evaded authorities until Texas State Troopers fired several shots from a helicopter, shooting out the truck’s tires. Shots fired in the incident killed two of the immigrants and wounded another. 

The source offered no precise motive as to why the 14-year-old would have shot the victim other than to say it was a possible Mexican drug cartel hit, according to the Daily Mail.

The 14-year-old suspect, who has also gone unnamed, is said to have appeared before a juvenile court in Texas about three weeks before the shooting and was deported. Police have not said whether they are looking in Mexico or the United States for the suspect.

Sources: Brownsville Herald, Breitbart Texas, The Latino Post, Daily Mail

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