Immigration officials confirmed that the man who ran over and injured an off-duty Dallas police officer was in the country illegally.
Eduardo Gonzalez-Rios, 29, was attempting to flee from police outside Dallas nightclub the Kalua Discotheque on Nov. 9 when he ran over Dallas police Sr. Cpl. Ed Lujan, the NY Daily News reported.
Police say the incident prompted Sgt. Shannon Browning and Sr. Cpl. Antonio Barrientos to shoot at Gonzalez-Rios, striking him in the arm.
Gonzalez-Rios was taken to the hospital for treatment and was released the following day. Lujan suffered numerous broken bones and a lacerated scalp.
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(Dallas police Sr. Cpl. Ed Lujan. Photo Credit: Dallas PD via WFAA)
It was later discovered that Gonzalez-Rios was in the country illegally and had already been deported from the U.S. three times, WFAA reported.
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(Eduardo Gonzalez-Rios. Photo Credit: Dallas County Jail via NY Daily News)
“I think this is an example of why we are so concerned about securing the border,” Wade Emmert, the Dallas County Republican Party chairman, told WFAA.
Gonzalez-Rios was first caught in November 2004 near Harlingen, Texas. He was deported back to Mexico the same day. He was caught in the same area the following year, then once more in September 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.
“It's unfortunate that this had to happen to the detective,” Emmert added. “It’s also unfortunate that the system is so broken that it allows one to continue to come through our porous borders, and there are really no ramifications.
“Who knows how long he has been here? Who knows how many times he has come back and forth across the border?”
Gonzalez-Rios has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault against a public servant. He will stand trial in Dallas, and if convicted, will serve prison time before being deported again. Currently, he is being detained on an immigration hold in the Dallas County Jail.