Sheppard was a warden at a detention facility with a history of abuse allegations.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — One of two Texas brothers who authorities say opened fire on a group of migrants getting water near the U.S.-Mexico border, killing one and injuring another, was warden at a detention facility with a history of abuse allegations.
The shooting happened Tuesday in rural Hudspeth County about 90 miles (145 kilometers) from El Paso, according to court documents filed Thursday.
Records show that Michael Sheppard was warden at the West Texas Detention Facility, a privately owned center that has housed migrant detainees.
A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told The Associated Press that no ICE detainees had been held at that detention facility since October 2019, following the opening of a larger detention facility nearby.
“I think there is no question that there is a discourse that is stoking actions like this,” Shah said. »