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Officials shoot, kill teen

BY KEVIN GARCIA
The Brownsville Herald

February 26, 2006 - A chase for a suspected teenage auto thief early Saturday ended in his death after police and borderofficials shot him several times at the B&M International Bridge, Brownsville police said.

Edgar Ivan Lopez had moved here from Atlanta just three weeks earlier to live with relatives in EastBrownsville. He was 17.

“We are outraged for the way the kid was shot,” Ovidio Serrato, the suspect’s uncle, said in Spanish. “There are ways to detain an un-armed juvenile.”

Brownsville Police ChiefCarlos Garcia said police were investigat-ing a series of car thefts when they spotted two individuals enter a white Chevrolet Suburban at Omni Pavilion in the parking lot on the 1900 block of NorthExpressway midnight Saturday.

An unidentified 15-year-old male was detained at the scene, but Lo-pez drove off in the stolen vehicle, leading police officers on a city-wide chase, Garcia said. Thearrested juvenile was not identified by police.

Travelling south on the 77/83 Expressway, Lopez exited on Sixth Street, following the frontage road to International Boulevard, turning left on thatstreet, Garcia said. The vehicle turned again on Washing-ton Street, then 12th Street, heading toward the B&M bridge, Garcia said.

Several police officers, along with Customs and Border Patrol agents,were waiting for the Suburban when it arrived, causing Lopez to turn away in an attempt to avoid capture, Garcia said.
“He hits the curb, goes into the gas station and goes back around,” Garcia said.“He tries to make a turn and get out of there but we corner him.”

He said agents laid Stop Stick tire deflation devices in the vehicle’s path, causing it to travel into the fence that separated northand southbound lanes.

“Officers started approaching him on foot,” Garcia said.

Lopez backed into traffic barriers and a golf cart before turning into another fence and toward a customs...
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