Two dead, one injured in shootout on I-10 in Texas

A civilian running a smuggling operation was shot and killed and another was wounded by smugglers Saturday in a wild chase along I-10 in Texas.

An anonymous smuggler called the local sheriff’s office, saying one of his employees had been killed in a shootout with the local police and would be arrested. But the sheriff’s office couldn’t find the smuggler or the passenger of the vehicle, CNN affiliate KTRK reported.

An ensuing search of the highway led to the discovery of two bodies inside a nearby vehicle.

According to the sheriff’s office, the unidentified armed smuggler fled from traffic traffic to a gas station parking lot. Inside the station he allegedly ran into the BMW driven by the passenger. She stopped to help the man who was injured, but it was too late. The smuggler shot her in the face, she told investigators.

She was taken to a local hospital, where she died from her wounds. The driver of the BMW was still on the loose.

The sheriff’s office said the smuggler called to report the attack. An alert driver, a mother who heard the gunfire, called 911.

“We can confirm there was a [dispatcher] who answered the phone and an injured woman’s voice, the interpreter, came into the room and said there were people hiding under a bridge who were being shot at,” sheriff’s office spokesman Chris Vicino told CNN affiliate KTRK.

The smugglers took off in their four-door sedan and the driver — a female Hispanic in her early 40s — told the driver to flee south on I-10.

She said she had seen the sheriff’s officers but hadn’t said anything.

The driver, a 57-year-old from Florida, turned north and exited the highway at a highway overpass where law enforcement converged.

There was no exchange of gunfire, and nobody has been charged.

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