Thermal imaging inconclusive in Texas DPS shooting

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Associated Press

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 19 at 2:32 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A thermal imaging device aboard a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter was inconclusive before an airborne trooper opened fire on a truck, killing two Guatemalan immigrants.

DPS spokesman Tom Vinger on Monday told the Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/U8t0UB ) that the image in the October shooting in Hidalgo County was not distinguishable. Such devices can detect body heat.

A 14-year-old driver remains in custody after the incident near the Texas-Mexico border ended with a trooper shooting into the blanket-covered back of the fleeing vehicle. DPS has said the helicopter crew believed the truck was hauling drugs.

No drugs were found. Nine Guatemalan immigrants allegedly were being smuggled and six were in the truck bed.

Texas Rangers are investigating. DPS director Steve McCraw has asked the Justice Department for an independent investigation.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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