Monday, February 20, 2012

AZMEX UPDATE 2 15-2-12


Note: qualify as "spill over" ?

4 hospitalized in shootout between Po'Boys, sheriff says
February 15, 2012 11:39 PM
Ildefonso Ortiz
The Monitor

SOUTH OF ALAMO — Bad blood between members of the same street gang
led to a "moving" shootout Wednesday that left four males in the
hospital and a trail of blood and bullet casings in the street,
authorities said.

The shootout was spurred by an altercation last week in which one of
the Po'Boys threatened the mother of a fellow gang member, Hidalgo
County Sheriff Lupe Treviño said.

Two vehicles and six to eight individuals were involved in Wednesday
afternoon's clash, which left a "moving" crime scene stretching 75
feet along Bethany Street near South Alamo Road, Treviño said.

Authorities were called to that area about 3:19 p.m. in regards to
shots fired, Treviño said.
"At the same time, we were notified that Alamo police had pulled over
a vehicle at an Aziz store at the intersection of Alamo Road and
Business 83," he said. "The vehicle had been pretty shot up and
inside there were some injured individuals."

That convenience store sits less than a mile from the scene of the

From the two groups who traded fire along Bethany Street, three
members from one side and one from the other were hospitalized with
non-life-threatening injuries and remained under the watch of
deputies, Treviño said. Two others were taken into custody.


The injured men were taken to Rio Grande Regional Medical Center,
where McAllen police were later called after words exchanged between
relatives of the shooting victims grew heated.

Five police officers and several hospital security guards separated
the two groups of relatives after the confrontation escalated.

A middle-aged woman who didn't give her name said her 26-year-old son
was one of the men hurt in the firefight. She said she didn't have
any knowledge of what had happened and had only found out after
getting a frantic call from a relative. When asked about her son's
alleged involvement in gangs, the woman said she had no knowledge of

In the hours after the shootout, investigators combed a 75-foot-long
roadway crime scene area, gathering a large number of spent bullet
casings and cataloguing a considerable amount of blood. A similar
scene played out with investigators at the convenience store on
Business 83 and South Alamo Road, where one of the vehicles from the
shootout — a white Dodge pickup truck — sat riddled with bullets and
stained with blood.

Authorities said they recovered one of the weapons from the shootout:
a Ruger Mini 14 rifle that fires .223-caliber rounds.

While the investigation is still ongoing, Treviño said his department
is moving fast with the case and expects to finalize the
investigation and charge the individuals responsible by Thursday
evening or Friday.

Note: deceased has long record

Sheriff: Tactical unit fatally shoots suspect in home invasion
February 15, 2012 7:13 PM
Elizabeth Findell and Jaime Hinojosa
The Monitor

NEAR ALTON — A quiet residential street became the scene of a violent
pursuit here Wednesday afternoon as an Hidalgo County sheriff's
tactical unit shot and killed a home invasion suspect, Sheriff Lupe
Treviño said.

The chase began after two gunmen raided a home near La Homa Road
about noon and made off with some belongings, Treviño said. The
suspects fled in a vehicle, but a victim from the house tailed them
and called authorities.
"He was following two people that had just invaded his home and they
were masked with bandannas and armed with handguns," the sheriff said.

A patrol unit spotted the vehicle only a minute later near Mile 7
North and La Homa and did a U-turn to follow it, Treviño said. The
vehicle turned south onto Bentsen Palm Drive and the men bailed out
of the car just north of 6 ½ Mile Line, where they raced east across
a canal and into backyards, firing at the deputies as they tried to

Though bullets were coming at them, deputies held their fire because
they feared hitting people nearby with stray gunfire, Treviño said.
"They were really worried about the houses and the people," he said.
"We teach them to show a lot of restraint, which is what they did."

Members of the department's tactical unit intercepted the men on
Gregory Street and ordered them to drop their weapons, according to
the sheriff. One did not.
"He made a motion (like) he was going to shoot our deputy and we
discharged more than one time and hit the alleged home invader,"
Treviño said.

The man was transported to McAllen Medical Center where authorities
later confirmed he died. It was unclear whether he died at the
hospital or en route to it.

The second suspect was taken into custody and at least some of the
stolen items were recovered in the vehicle. The sheriff has not
released the names of the men.

Treviño said the department would continue its criminal investigation
of the incident, as well as internal investigation into the deputy
shooting. The area remained strictly cordoned off for most of the day
and deputies even drew their weapons on a pickup truck that tried to
leave the scene, but the two men in it were allowed to leave when
deputies determined they were not involved in the crime.

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