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Father, son charged with Texas ICE agent shooting
Father, son charged with assault in South Texas shooting of ICE agent conducting surveillance
By The Associated Press

McALLEN, Texas (AP) A father and son were charged Thursday with shooting a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent who was conducting surveillance in South Texas.

Pedro Alvarado, 41, and his 18-year-old son, Arnoldo Alvarado, are charged with assault of a federal officer and knowingly using and carrying a firearm during a violent crime. They face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the assault charge and a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison on the weapons count.

Both men briefly appeared before a federal judge Thursday and were ordered to stay in jail at least until a detention hearing scheduled for Tuesday. The father and son also asked to be assigned court-appointed attorneys.



The agent, Kelton Harrison, was shot early Tuesday morning while conducting surveillance on an anticipated drug deal at a property near Hargill, 25 miles northeast of the border town of McAllen. Harrison required surgery but is expected to fully recover.

Arnoldo Alvarado told authorities that his father spotted what he considered a suspicious vehicle and told him and another person "to get the guns," according to a criminal complaint. The third person was a minor who was not named in the complaint and has been turned over to state authorities.

The three got into a car and approached the other vehicle with their lights off. The minor fired six times at the vehicle using a .22-caliber rifle and Arnoldo Alvarado fired twice with a 9-mm handgun, the complaint says.

Harrison then drove away and Pedro Alvarado chased after him, it says. Arnoldo Alvarado continued to fire his handgun at Harrison's vehicle, the complaint says.

Harrison eventually lost control of his car and was discovered, shot and injured, by other agents. Authorities subsequently searched a home in Hargill and arrested the two men and the minor.

Authorities said they also found two illegal immigrants, listed in online records as material witnesses in the case, but did not say if they were suspected to be involved in the shooting.


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