HCSO makes arrest in courthouse shooting investigation

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Source: Hidalgo County Public Records

EDINBURG, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) has made an arrest for the shooting of the courthouse that took place in early August.

Deputies say on Tuesday, August 17, they responded to a call about criminal mischief at the new Hidalgo County courthouse.

Upon inspection, deputies observed 14 broken windows, 3 damaged wall panels, and 2 damaged ceiling tiles apparently all struck by gunshots.

Surveillance footage showed a Dodge Challenger being followed by a Nissan Rogue. Both were travelling at a slow speed when muzzle flashes were seen coming from the Challenger.

Authorities identified Eduardo Vela II, 30, as the driver of the Challenger and stated his girlfriend was driving the Rogue.

Deputies arrested Vela on Tuesday and charged him with criminal mischief, a second-degree felony. He remains in jail on a $600 thousand bond.

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