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UPDATE: District Attorney Will Review The Case Of A Kidnapping Victim Fatally Shot By An FBI Agent

Houston’s Police Chief called the shooting a “tragic event.”

Correction: Chief Acevedo said that the case may end up in front of a grand jury, not that it will go to a grand jury, as previously reported.

 

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo has released new information about the shooting of a kidnapping victim by an FBI agent.
The investigation is being handled by HPD’s Special Investigations Unit. Acevedo says the FBI also sent a team from Washington to investigate whether any agency procedures were violated.

The incident happened last week at a home in the 7300 block of Elbert Street in northeast Houston. FBI agents were attempting to rescue Ulises Valladares, a man who’d been kidnapped in Conroe.

Acevedo explained that two agents were trying to get into a window at the rear of the home. One agent lost his breeching tool and another agent then attempted to use his rifle to break the window. He added that the agents weren’t using lights because they didn’t want to blind another team that was making entry at the front of the house.

At that point, according to Acevedo, the agent felt someone pulling on his rifle. He then fired a shot hitting Valladares, who was tied up inside the home. Acevedo speculated Valladares may have grabbed the rifle in an attempt to get out of the house. He said once officers got inside they immediately got medical attention for Valladares but he died of his wounds.

“This has been a real tragic event,” said Acevedo. “A well-intentioned effort to rescue a man that had been kidnapped ended in a tragic outcome and I don’t wish that upon anybody.”

Three people are now under arrest in the case. Acevedo said he feels they are ultimately responsible for the shooting since they “put the events in motion” that led up to it. The three are charged in Montgomery County.

As for the investigation of the Valladares shooting, Acevedo said the FBI agent has been interviewed by HPD. He added once they complete their investigation they’ll turn their findings over to District Attorney Kim Ogg, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings. At that point Ogg can either take the case to a grand jury or decline charges, or she can turn the case over to the U.S. Attorney.

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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