Two brothers in Texas have been arrested because one of them shot several migrants drinking water near the Mexican border, killing one and wounding a woman in the stomach, according to court documents filed Thursday.
The attack occurred Tuesday in rural Hudspeth County, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) from El Paso, where the woman was taken and is recovering in a hospital, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said. acronym in English).
DPS said the victims were with several migrants who were drinking water on the side of a road when a pickup truck with two men pulled over near them. According to court documents, the migrants tried to hide as the van passed to avoid detection, but the van backed up.
Michael and Mark Sheppard, both in their 60s, were charged with manslaughter, according to court documents. It is not immediately known if they both had a lawyer, and no contact was available Thursday to testify on the matter.
Records show that Michael Sheppard was the director of the West Texas Detention Center, a private facility that holds detained migrants and has a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ).
Scott Sutterfield, a spokesman for the Lasalle Corrections firm that runs the center, said Thursday that the director was fired “due to an incident unrelated to his employment while he was off duty.” He declined to comment further.
Authorities located the van after reviewing security camera footage and verifying that the vehicle matched the description given by the migrants, according to court documents.