Posted: Jul 3, 2012 3:15 PM
Updated: Jul 3, 2012 3:53 PM
NEAR HARGILL - Law enforcement officials have detained a man in connection with today's shooting of a federal agent in northern Hidalgo County.
The man is one of several persons of interest, officers said. The man was detained at a home less than a mile away from where this morning's chase and shooting began.
Hidalgo County and federal agents raided a third property in the area, but Sheriff Lupe Trevino did not want to release details on that search. Officials said arrests are expected.
The shooting happened at approximately 4:30 a.m. today. Two Immigration and Customs Enforcement 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 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, authorities said. 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 remains closed this afternoon as investigators search the area for evidence.