A federal warrant has been executed on a man suspected of providing steroids, “meat sauce” and “Sprite” to a shooter who fatally shot two police officers in Texas.
Authorities in Reynosa, Mexico, have gone through the homes of Hector Virgen, as well as residences of his family, in an attempt to locate him and get a search warrant to serve at his place of work. Virgen was on the lookout for his son, who had gone missing the previous week. The son, also called Hector, is suspected of providing equipment and marijuana to an “anti-government” mariachi singer named Jose Luis Saucedo, who started shooting at cars in a parking lot last week in the town of Laredo, Texas. Authorities have said Saucedo had a hold over Virgen, who failed to return his son’s love.
Video from the scene showed two police officers fatally shot in the back of the head, as they tried to fire back on Saucedo. Authorities are seeking to charge Virgen with immigration violations related to finding illegal aliens. In 2011, Virgen was arrested and charged with illegal storage of a firearm in the town of McAllen, Texas.
The Laredo police department was investigating Saucedo and his mariachi band the week before the shooting.
Police spokeswoman Diana Zamora said two of the wounded officers, Omar Garcia and Benjamin Harris, are still at the hospital and would be transferred to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston on Wednesday, CNN reported. Both of them were wearing bulletproof vests and their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. Their names were released on Tuesday and they are both veterans of the force.
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