Custom Agent Charged with Murder

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 9:55am

With shackles on his hands and feet, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, Jose Elizondo was arraigned with a charge of first degree murder from a judge.

He is accused of killing bar owner Fermin Limon in the parking lot of Punto 3 Nightclub on a early Monday morning. Investigators believe the off-duty agent was involved in a scuffle with Limon and Elizondo's brother. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino say investigators believed in could have been a case of self defense for the agent, but through statements from witnesses and collecting evidence, it looks as though Elizondo had no right to shoot at anyone.

Witnesses say Elizondo exited the club after confronting Limon, went to his vehicle, retrieved his agency issued pistol and shot at Limon hitting him twice. Witnesses say Limon did display a weapon, but attempted to calm Elizondo down before he was shot.

A second suspect. an employee at the club, has been arrested in the crime and charged with tampering with evidence after throwing the pistol Limon had into a dumpster. Elizondo remains in county jail on a $500,000 dollar bond and the second suspect has been accessed a $250,000 dollar bond for his involvement,

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