Sheriff Calls Shooting First Case of Spillover Violence in Hidalgo County
HIDALGO COUNTY - Sheriff Lupe Trevino confirming one of our worst fears here in the upper valley. The violence in Mexico has officially made it's way into Hidalgo County. Around 5:30 p.m. Sunday night Hidalgo County Sheriff Deputies pulled over a brown F-150 on FM 2812. That's when police say 19 year old Daniel Gonzalez Perez. opened fire striking one of the officers three times.
Sheriff Lupe Trevino calls the incident a falied drug transaction. He says the shooting is part of a violent series of events. The recent assasination of a top drug cartel leader caused a major shift including the loss of large amounts of marijuana. This particular load is part of the marijuana from the drug cartels smuggled into the united states. Perez was one of three suspects in the car. The Sheriff says the other men were kidnapped in an attempt to get loads back for the cartels.
"This is our very first spillover violence event that we have experienced," said Sheriff Trevino.
At least 3 suspects are in police custody facing a slew of charges ranging from kidnapping attempted capital murder. One suspect is in the hospital with multiple gun shot wounds including one to the head. "This changes nothing for us," said Sheriff Trevino. "I think we're well prepared and we anticipated something like this happening. I'm very proud to say that all of our units responded accordingly."
The sheriff says he has launched four seperate investigations into the incident. Deputy Hugo Rodriguez remains in stable condition today and is expected to recover..