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Update: 21-year-old man taken into custody following Brownsville shooting

Details remain sketchy, but the Brownsville Police Department and the Cameron County Sheriff's Office were involved in the incident. (CBS 4 News)

4:20 p.m. Update: Brownsville police Chief Orlando Rodriguez provided new details Wednesday afternoon following the shooting that left one woman dead and two others wounded.

At about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Border Patrol Agent Raul Hernandez was sitting in a car with his girlfriend on the 5000 block of Santiago Lane, when her ex-boyfriend confronted the couple and pointed a gun at Hernandez.

Hernandez made his way out of the vehicle and disarmed the man, who has been identified as Jesse Garcia, 21. After a brief struggle, Garcia grabbed Hernandez's gun, shot him in his hip area and fled the scene.

When multiple law enforcement agencies were informed of the altercation, a search for the 21-year-old man was launched. Authorities later spotted his vehicle on Minnesota Avenue traveling toward Camelia Street, where he lives.

As he arrived to the home, Garcia shot at the Cameron County Sheriff's deputies and Brownsville police officers at the scene.

Upon hearing the gunfire, Maria Isabel Garcia, 56, who was later identified as Garcia's mother, exited her home and was shot in the crossfire. The 56-year-old woman died before making it to the hospital.

Jesse Garcia, who was also shot, was later taken into custody by authorities at the scene. Hernandez and the 21-year-old man are currently receiving treatment on their gunshot wounds at the hospital.

The law enforcement officers who were at the scene of the shootout were not injured. Two deputies and one of the police officers, however, have since been placed on administrative leave with pay.

It is not clear who shot Maria Garcia, as the investigation remains ongoing.


11:34 a.m. Update: Cameron County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Bennie Ochoa said 57-year-old Maria Isabel Garcia suffered a fatal gunshot wound during the incident.

Ochoa said Garcia suffered a gunshot wound to the back.

Check back for updates.

Original Story: At least one law enforcement officer fired a weapon early Wednesday morning in Brownsville.

Details remain sketchy, but the Brownsville Police Department and the Cameron County Sheriff's Office were involved in the incident near the west intersection of Santiago Lane and Camellia Drive. Both referred requests for comment to the Cameron County District Attorney's Office.

The Texas Rangers are assisting with the investigation, according to information provided by Sgt. Johnny Hernandez, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

"Domestic violence suspect in gunfight," tweeted Charley Wilkison, the executive director of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, which represents many Brownsville police officers. "Suspect in custody."


Wilkison tweeted that a police officer and two deputies were "OK" afterward.

CLEAT dispatched attorney Roberto "Bobby" Garcia of Edinburg to the scene.

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