US Man Shot and Killed Near Border, Bullet May Have Come From Mexico: Police

June 20, 2019 Updated: June 20, 2019

A man who was jogging along the Rio Grande at the southern border in Brownsville, Texas was shot and killed, according to officials. Authorities believe the shots may have come from the Mexican side.

Police have identified the victim as Miguel Angel Valdez Hernandez, 57, whose body was found by a farm worker near the Rio Grande River Levee on June 18, according to local reports. Hernandez appeared to have been shot in the waist area, authorities said.

Cameron County Chief Deputy Gus Reyna told reporters during a press conference that they have not made any arrests in connection to the shooting, reported The Brownsville Herald.

Reyna said investigators are currently searching for a small, white, extended cab pick up, as the vehicle of interest, which was captured on surveillance video driving on the other side of the river around the same time as the shots were fired.

“A this time we are currently looking at all possibilities, including that the shot that killed our victim may have come from Mexico,” Reyna told reporters. “We have contacted Mexican authorities to assist us in this investigation.”

Reyna said the victim lived in the area and would frequently jog along the river.

According to FBI data, Brownsville, which has a population of 185,583 in 2016, had 448 reports of violent crime incidents and four reports of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter in the same year.

Earlier this month, border patrol agents in the same city rescued a mother and her 8-year-old son from Guatemala after they were swarmed by bees.

The federal agency said in a statement that a small swarm of bees entered an agent’s vehicle, while he was patrolling along the Rio Grande. After removing them away, he noticed a jacket and a bundle covered in bees on the ground.

After closer inspection, he realized the bundle was a person who was in the fetal position shielding a child.

The agent yelled at the mother to run into his vehicle. They were subsequently transported to the local hospital after the child started vomiting. Hospital staff said they were expected to recover, according to the statement.

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