HPD: Evidence Doesn’t Match FBI Agent’s Account of Shooting

HPD has not released the specifics of how the agent’s account differs from what its investigation found.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo updates reporters on the agent-involved shooting of Ulises Valladares.

The findings of a Houston Police Department investigation into the death of a kidnapping victim differ from the account of the FBI agent who shot him, HPD announced Wednesday.

HPD completed its investigation into the incident in April, turning over its findings to federal authorities. At a press conference this week, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said the sequence of events as told by the FBI agent “is not supported by the totality of evidence and the statements in this investigation.”

Ulises Valladares was killed when agents raided a home in northeast Houston where he was being held. Police in Conroe, where Valladares was kidnapped, confirmed he had been held for ransom.

At a press conference in January, Acevedo shared the account from the FBI agent. He explained that two agents were trying to get into a window at the rear of the home when one agent lost his breaching tool and another agent then attempted to use his rifle to break the window. One agent, who has not been identified, felt someone pulling on his rifle and fired, hitting and killing Valladares, Acevedo said in January.

HPD has not released the specifics of how that narrative differs from what its investigation found, as it does not want to interfere with an ongoing federal inquiry, being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s office in San Antonio. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Houston has recused itself.

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