DA: DPS chopper shooting report submitted

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Associated Press

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 7:02 AM

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A South Texas prosecutor says the Texas Rangers have shared with him their investigative report on the deadly October shooting from a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter.

Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra says he hopes to take the case to a grand jury in mid-February. He said Tuesday that he awaits only final ballistic test results.

The DPS helicopter joined in the Oct. 25 chase of a pickup suspected of carrying drugs near La Joya. A trooper aboard the helicopter fired at the truck in an effort to disable it. Instead, he fatally wounded two Guatemalan immigrants hiding beneath a blanket in the truck bed.

There were nine immigrants and a driver in the truck. No drugs were found. DPS also asked federal authorities to review the case.

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