Texas DPS says the truck driver struck law enforcement vehicles during the chase, injuring a Texas soldier.
SAN ANTONIO — Sixty-two migrants were found after a tanker trailer led law enforcement in pursuit of a Border Patrol checkpoint Friday night, according to a statement from the Department of Public Safety. Texas.
Officials say the pursuit led to a shooting that injured a state trooper.
According to Texas DPS, the incident occurred Friday in Webb County when a large white tractor truck towing a tank trailer passed the US border checkpoint on US 83. The truck driver refused to pull over and Border Patrol agents chased the vehicle. Texas DPS soldiers resumed the hunt.
Texas DPS said the truck driver struck law enforcement vehicles during the chase, side-swiping a La Salle County patrol unit and ramming into another DPS patrol unit. This incident injured a Texas soldier.
Both agencies then fired several bullets at the truck. The driver of the truck suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to hospital, according to a statement from Texas DPS.
Texas DPS says 62 migrants were found safe and sound inside the tanker trailer and were turned over to US Border Patrol.
The driver of the truck is a US citizen with a criminal history that includes human trafficking, according to Texas DPS.
An investigation is underway by the Texas Rangers.