Posted: Jul 3, 2012 11:52 AM
Updated: Jul 3, 2012 3:05 PM
NEAR HARGILL - FBI agents are trying to find out who chased two Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and shot one early this morning.
The shooting happened at approximately 4:30 a.m. today. The agents were conducting surveillance on a home near Hargill when they were chased by unknown gunmen. One agent, identified as Kelton Harrison, was shot. He was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery and is expected to recover. He's now in stable condition.
Officials have not released any details on the suspects, but said the stakeout was part of an ongoing criminal investigation.
During the pursuit the agents headed north on FM 490 toward Hargill. At one point, the agent driving the SUV lost control. The vehicle crossed an intersection, plowed through a wire fence and became airborne landing a few yards from the road near Highway 186, said authorities. It is not known at what time during the chase the agent was shot.
Officers and agents with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, FBI and ICE walked a three-mile stretch of the chase route collecting evidence. At least two bullet casings were found.
The stretch of FM 493 heading into Hargill will remain closed until investigators finish searching the area for evidence.