POSTED: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 5:00am
UPDATED: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 5:04am
MCALLEN, TX — Two south Texas men, father and son, were arrested and charged Thursday with assaulting a ICE/HSI special agent.
Pedro Alvarado, 41, and Arnoldo Alvarado, 18, from Hargill, Texas, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Orsmby July 5. Both are charged with assaulting a federal officer by knowingly using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
"The announcement of these arrests related to the shooting of HSI Special Agent Kelton Harrison is a testament to the close cooperation among our law enforcement partners," said ICE Director John Morton. "We are encouraged by this action to bring these criminals to justice. We continue to keep Special Agent Harrison and his family in our prayers during his road to recovery."
According to court documents, on July 3, HSI special agents were conducting surveillance in anticipation of a narcotic transaction believed to be occurring near Hargill. While parked in his official vehicle an HSI agent was allegedly approached by another vehicle from which shots were fired.
The agent then lost control of his vehicle, at which time additional agents arrived and discovered the agent had been shot once in the back. HSI special agents then conducted a consent search at a residence in Hargill and encountered Pedro Alvarado and his son, Arnoldo Alvarado. Both were then taken into federal custody for further questioning. A third person, a minor, was also identified in relation to the crime and turned over to state authorities.