A road rage suspect who allegedly shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy and wounded a police officer in Washington state this week was living illegally in the United States, the federal government said Thursday.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro, 29, was a Mexican citizen who entered Laredo, Texas, in 2014 on a temporary agricultural worker visa.
ICE said it had no record that Flores Del Toro left the U.S. or extended his visa following its expiration. He died in a hospital shortly after the Tuesday night shootout in the small town of Kittitas in central Washington.
Police are still investigating his background and why he led officers on a chase. There were no warrants pending for his arrest, Ellensburg Police Capt. Dan Hansberry said.
President Donald Trump has used past crimes by undocumented immigrants to justify his immigration policies, although national statistics show immigrants commit fewer crimes than those born in the U.S.
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