An undocumented Mexican national was killed and five others were injured during a hot pursuit taking place in Kinney County Friday night.
The names of those involved, as well as the criminal charges six suspects are facing stemming from the investigation, have not yet been released by the Kinney County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Brad Coe confirmed Monday morning the fatality was a Mexican national.
According to information released by the sheriff’s office, 11 people, nine of whom were undocumented immigrants, were traveling in a pickup truck in a rural chase in Kinney County at 10:45 p.m.
“On June 21, 2019 at approximately 10:45 p.m., Kinney County Sheriff’s Deputies were involved in a vehicle pursuit involving a possible alien smuggling load,” a statement released by the sheriff’s office reads.
The vehicle, a Ford F-250, was traveling north on Ranch Road 674, heading out of Brackettville.
As the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, the sheriff’s office stated, the driver failed to stop and a pursuit ensued. After several miles the driver lost control of the vehicle resulting in a rollover, the sheriff’s office said.
The sheriff’s deputy involved in the pursuit also lost control of the vehicle and overturned.
Six of the vehicle’s 11 occupants were transported to area hospitals with serious injuries. One of the subjects later died at the hospital as a result of their injuries.
At this time the case is still under investigation. Sheriff Coe stated that as of 2 p.m., June 22, 2019 six arrests have been made in connection with this case.