Teen driver in US helicopter shooting recaptured

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Associated Press

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 1:36 PM

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A 14-year-old U.S. driver whose high-speed run from authorities near the Texas-Mexico border ended with two Guatemalan immigrants being shot to death by a state trooper in a helicopter was back in custody Tuesday.

The juvenile, whose identity was not released, appeared before a judge Monday. He was arrested immediately after the Oct. 25 chase, but confusion among authorities led to his release to his family. Police arrested him Friday after he was pulled over in a stolen truck.

Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens started the October chase after they suspected the truck of carrying a drug load. A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter joined the pursuit.

DPS officials have said the helicopter crew believed the truck was carrying a covered drug load in its bed, so a sharpshooter aboard fired to stop it.

There were no drugs found on the truck. Instead, the shots killed two of the nine Guatemalan immigrants travelling in the truck. Six of them, including the two who died, were in the truck's bed under a blanket.

Last month, under pressure from civil rights groups and the Guatemalan government, DPS said it would turn over its completed investigation to U.S. authorities.

Alba Caceres, Guatemala's consul in McAllen, said she had heard the boy had been detained but had not been told anything officially. "This signifies that they're doing something good," she said.

Texas Parks and Wildlife spokesman Mike Cox said Tuesday that the agency would work with the district attorney's office to determine charges for the teenager, but he would likely face at least a charge for evading.

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