MCALLEN, TX - A man and his son who allegedly shot and wounded a Homeland Security Investigations special agent in the back on Tuesday were arrested and charged with assault, according to federal prosecutors.
Pedro Alvarado, 41, and Arnoldo Alvarado, 18, were also charged with knowingly using and carrying a firearm during a crime a violence, the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Texas stated in a press release.
Federal officials said the special agent was conducting surveillance, anticipating a drug deal to be occurring near Hargill. While parked at an intersection of Farm to Market 493 and Cemetery Road, the special agent was allegedly approached by another vehicle from which shots were fired, according to federal authorities.
The special agent drove north and was chased by the suspects who continued shooting. The agent lost control of his vehicle and was found by law enforcement. The agent had been shot one time in the back, say federal officials.
The Alvarados who are from Hargill, Texas were taken into federal custody. A third person, a minor was turned over to state authorities, according to federal officials.