It was reported early on Sunday that a member of the Texas National Guard who was on patrol near the Mexican border had shot a migrant who had resisted arrest.
An internal Texas Military document obtained by the Texas Tribune indicates that Special Corporal Angel Gallegos, a guardsman assigned to the border as part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s controversial “Operation Lone Star,” shot the migrant at 4:20 a.m. on Sunday morning after he and Border Patrol agents tracked down the group to an abandoned home west of McAllen.
Three of the four migrants inside the home surrendered as soon as Gallegos and another National Guardsman arrived, while the fourth attempted to escape through a window.
According to the report, when Gallegos tried to arrest the migrant, the man resisted and threw a punch while also striking Gallegos with his elbows. The guardsman aimed his M17 weapon at the immigrant’s left shoulder as he collapsed on top of his shoulders.
Shot in the left shoulder, the migrant is expected to make a full recovery.
The paperwork states that the immigrant was brought to McAllen Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. There were no further known casualties.
According to the Texas Tribune, it is still unknown whether or not the soldier had any intention of firing his weapon. Furthermore, it is unknown whether or not the migrant was armed.
According to the Texas Tribune, this is the first time a soldier has been reported to have shot a migrant since Governor Greg Abbot of Texas initiated Operation Lone Star in March 2021 in response to the migrant problem on the southern border.
According to the Texas Tribune, it is still unknown whether the soldier had any intention of firing his weapon. It is also unknown whether or not the migrant was armed.
To the best of the Texas Tribune’s knowledge, this is the first time a soldier has shot a migrant since Governor Greg Abbot of Texas ordered the commencement of Operation Lone Star in March 2021 to address the refugee problem on the southern border.