Chase leads to teen shot after smuggling immigrants

Salinas reportedly said he fled because he didn't want to get caught smuggling immigrants

A Valley teen is behind bars after leading deputies on a chase that ended with him getting shot.

The teen suspect was recently treated at a local hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to his hand, which was wrapped and in a sling.

Jose Salinas appeared before Justice of the Peace Homer Jasso.

A judge read five charges filed against him Wednesday afternoon.

The Hidalgo County teen is facing the following charges:

- Evading arrest- Unlawful carrying of a weapon- Three counts of aggravated assault against a public servant

Documents show Deputy Federico Perez pulled over 17-year-old Salinas in a traffic stop for a broken headlight near Peitas when suddenly four to seven people bailed out of the truck.

That TMs when Salinas allegedly took off and lead deputies on a chase that ended along Mile 10 and La Homa Road in Alton.

They say Salinas rammed a fence but was forced to circle back around after other deputies arrived on scene.

The individual was able to double back through that entrance where he rammed the fence and stopped which the deputy was already outside his vehicle, and then he accelerated using his vehicle," Hidalgo County Deputy Jose P. Rodriguez said.

Court documents state that the suspect vehicle was headed straight at deputies Walter Wilemon, Miguel Lopez and Vicente Garza.

The deputies told supervisors that were on foot and reported that they felt that they needed to use "deadly force" and opened fire.

The documents also say that Salinas told deputies he fled because he did not want to get caught transporting illegal aliens.

He is being held on a $1,500,000 bond.

This is still an ongoing investigation and deputies involved in the incident will be on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

Records show the deputies "lawfully discharged their weapons" in the line of duty.