West Texas rancher shoots 2 alleged trespassers

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a West Texas rancher shot and injured two alleged trespassers then drove them to a fire station for help.

The El Paso Times reports that the shootings occurred Wednesday in the same community where Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West last year told farmers to "arm yourselves" in response to drug violence spilling across the border.

El Paso County sheriff's officials said the rancher alleged the two men were trespassing.

Norangel Velez told KTSM-TV in El Paso that he and his father were looking for land to buy when they took a wrong turn in their truck and the rancher began shooting without warning.

Velez was shot once and his father three times.

It's unclear if the rancher will face charges. The Texas Rangers are investigating.

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Information from: KTSM-TV, http://www.ktsm.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

 



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Jim Taylor    
New York  |  May, 12, 2011 at 12:37 PM

From the ABQ Journal, "Velez said he was shot once and his father three times, and that his father saved his life by jumping on his back and taking two bullets in his own back, according to KTSM." So the rancher allegedly shot the old man in the back twice after already shooting each man once, all without warning, and "It's unclear if the rancher will face charges." I wonder how he treats his cattle.


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