Texas State Trooper Halts Pursuit of Migrants near Border After Hearing Gunfire

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper heard gunfire after a foot pursuit of migrants and a human smuggler onto a ranch near the border. The gunfire was heard after a high-speed chase on Christmas Eve.

Texas DPS South officials tweeted a report regarding a pursuit of a human smuggler and a group of migrants on Christmas Eve. The trooper initiated a pursuit in Kinney County after an alleged human smuggler refused to stop their vehicle.

The driver and a group of migrants bailed out and fled into the brush. DPS spokesman Lt. Chris Olivarez told Breitbart Texas the trooper pursued the group until she heard multiple gunshots. She did not see the gunfire, nor did she believe to have been the intended target of the shooter.

The trooper broke off the foot pursuit and called for backup. Multiple law enforcement agencies, including two helicopter aircrews, responded and established a perimeter.

Despite the response, the suspected human smuggler and migrants eluded apprehension. The search of the area led to the discovery of two handguns.

Texas DPS officials said they have seen an increasing number of armed human smugglers — particularly in the Del Rio Sector. U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz tweeted a similar advisory regrading the increasing numbers of smugglers with firearms.

Olivarez told Breitbart the truck driven by the suspected smuggler is reported to be stolen out of Houston. Investigators are dusting the vehicle for prints and other evidence that might lead to identifying the smuggler.

Officials report the suspected smuggler is considered to be armed and dangerous and cautioned residents to avoid the area.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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