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Texas Trooper Cleared In Fatal Shooting from Helicopter

September 11, 2013  | 

A state trooper who fired from a helicopter on a fleeing pickup truck on a remote South Texas road, killing two Guatemalan immigrants, has been cleared by a grand jury.

A Hidalgo County grand jury decided Tuesday against indicting Trooper Miguel Avila of the Texas Department of Public Safety in the October incident.

The DPS said Avila, in the air, believed drugs were in the truck as it sped near schools when he opened fire near La Joya.

Read the full San Antonio Express-News story.

Tags: Officer-Involved Shootings, Helicopters, Officer Exonerated, Texas DPS


Comments (5)

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Capt. Crunch @ 9/12/2013 7:18 PM

DA Rene Guerra, should be fired for preventing officers from doing their job.

Greg @ 9/13/2013 5:23 AM

9 illegal aliens...not immigrants, criminals hoping to steal their way into the US (New Jersy of all places). Most of the illegals were hidden in the bed of the truck.

Politically correct stupidity to placate illegal alien supporters. Sorry, these criminals lost, too bad, not the trooper's fault. Glad the grand jurors in Texas have more brains than the DAs.

Capt. Common Sense @ 9/13/2013 9:16 AM

Fired for looking into the shooting of an unarmed man that, arguably, wasn't posing a threat to life? Then calling it an issue of political correctness? I support the grand juries findings 100%, but it was a common sense decision to hold one. In order to do our jobs, we must have the trust and support of the public. If shootings aren't carefully investigated, we'll lose both. Calling a guy a wetback, that's an issue of "political correctness." Thoroughly investigating a homicide has absolutely nothing to do with being PC. What the #*%@ is wrong with you people.

Capt. Crunch @ 9/13/2013 3:21 PM

@ Capt. Common Sense(CCS), do you really think the Trooper after all the BS he was put through is going to get into a helicopter again and not have second thoughts. CCS, if you think not I have some ocean front property in Arizona, to sell you. The DA, made the Trooper's job now even more dangerous.

Canvasback @ 9/16/2013 7:52 AM

@ Capt. Crunch. I hope the Trooper does have 2nd thoughts about shooting at unarmed suspects from a helicopter. With the bed packed full of bodies it must have been like shooting fish in a barrel. Not so dangerous.

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