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