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Bond set for BP agent who shot his girlfriend twice

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Ricardo Cepeda, Jr., is charged with attempted murder and injury to a child. (Source: KGBT Photo)

Bond has been set for a U.S. Border Patrol Agent charged with attempted murder and two counts of endangering a child.  

Judge Terry Palacios set a $800,000 bond for Ricardo Cepeda, Jr., 33. 

Other conditions of Cepeda’s bond include that he is not to come within 200 feet of his girlfriend, Brenda Hernandez, their child or Edinburg North High School. CBS 4 has confirmed that Hernandez is a Social Studies teacher at Edinburg North High School. 

The Edinburg Police Department, who is the lead agency investigating the incident, held a press conference on Monday morning to discuss their investigation.

Authorities said that the incident took place on Zoey Street on Sunday.

Lt. Oscar Treviño with the Edinburg Police Department said it all began when Brenda Hernandez tried to break up with him.

That’s when, according to authorities, Cepeda took her 1-year-old child. Treviño said that Cepeda had the 1-year-old child in one arm and had a pistol in the other.

Police said Cepeda then shot at Hernandez, where she was shot in the upper torso twice. She was later taken to the hospital and is said to be “doing okay” and is recovering.

When police arrived, they later located the child unharmed but Cepeda had fled the scene.

Police said during the conference that Cepeda was apprehended by Weslaco police.

Cepeda will be charged with attempted murder and injury to a child.

Police believe that this incident was isolated and should no way reflect negatively against Border Patrol Agents.

In a statement sent to the media on Sunday,

CBP stresses integrity in every aspect of our mission, and the overwhelmingly majority of CBP employees, agents and officers perform their duties with honor and distinction, working tirelessly every day to keep our country safe. CBP does not tolerate actions by any employee that would tarnish the reputation of our agency. CBP is fully cooperating with the Edinburg Police Department investigation.

According to a CBP spokesperson, Cepeda has served with the agency for 11 years and is currently in a non-duty status. 

If Cepeda is found guilty, he could spend anywhere between two to 20 years behind bars. 

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