Nearly two months ago, a federal agent was caught amid a flurry of gunfire. A man and his two sons were detained. Today the youngest son, a 16-year-old, stood before a judge to see whether or not he would face the law as an adult or a minor.
A Hidalgo County Judge decided that the 16-year-old who shot ICE Agent Kelton Harrison last July will be tried as a minor. He has been charged with attempted capital murder.
The shooting happened July 3rd North of Hargill while Agent Harrison was conducting a surveillance operation in connection to an ongoing investigation at the scene. The minor opened fire because he saw a suspicious vehicle on his property. It is not known if his home was the target of the agent’s investigation.
His father 41-year-old Pedro Alvarado and his brother 18-year-old Arnoldo Alvarado face federal charges that if convicted, could land them in prison for life.
Both adults are accused of acting violently towards a federal agent and knowledge of the use of a firearm during a violent crime. The juvenile court date was set for October 1st.
Cynthia Cano, FOX 2 News.