January 25, 2013

A letter sent from the Texas Department of Public Safety to the state Attorney General on Wednesday confirms that the FBI is investigating a state trooper’s fatal shooting of two Guatemalan immigrants.

The letter, which was copied to The Associated Press, came in response to a public records request for documents related to the state investigation of the Oct. 25 shooting near La Joya.

The incident began with a chase after Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens spotted a red pickup near La Joya and the U.S.-Mexico border, about 250 miles south of San Antonio. The wardens requested help, and the DPS helicopter joined midway in the 14-mile, high-speed pursuit of what authorities said they believed was a “typical covered drug load.”

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