Man who fled af­ter boy’s death fa­tally shot by po­lice

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE -

MIN­ERAL WELLS — A man who slipped away from in­ves­ti­ga­tors Fri­day as he was be­ing ques­tioned in the kid­nap­ping and death of a 4year-old boy in North Texas was fa­tally shot by of­fi­cers Sun­day, po­lice said.

Min­eral Wells po­lice said Ar­turo Pacheco-Bar­rera, 23, was shot and killed about 2 p.m. south of the city.

Po­lice Chief Mike McAllester said it’s not yet clear whether the fa­tal shots were fired by city po­lice, Palo Pinto County sher­iff’s deputies, Texas Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety troop­ers or FBI agents. Pacheco-Bar­rera was shot af­ter he was sur­rounded and re­fused or­ders to sur­ren­der, McAllester said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are try­ing to de­ter­mine whether PachecoBar­rera had a weapon, the chief said. A back­pack he dropped when first con­fronted by of­fi­cers con­tained a fully loaded hand­gun clip but no gun, McAllester said.

Pacheco-Bar­rera had es­caped from po­lice Fri­day while he was un­der ques­tion­ing in the dis­ap­pear­ance of Sal­vador Bri­ones Jr.

Po­lice said the child’s body was found be­hind a va­cant house a few hours af­ter he was re­ported missing Fri­day from his par­ents’ home.

Sal­vador had been home with his mother and three other chil­dren but was asleep in a sep­a­rate room, Ramirez said.

Fam­ily mem­bers have said Sal­vador’s fa­ther re­ceived a call at work Fri­day de­mand­ing a $15,000 ran­som for the boy’s safe re­turn.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors had said that Pacheco-Bar­rera, whom they had con­sid­ered a per­son of in­ter­est in the case, was a fam­ily friend and had worked for the child’s par­ents.

Min­eral Wells is a city of 17,000 about 50 miles west of Fort Worth.

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