HOUSTON – A Federal District Court Judge denied an FBI agent’s motion to be dismissed from a case in which the agent shot and killed a hostage victim.
In 2018, the victim and his 12-year-old son were bound and duct-taped by two men. Court documents indicated that the two men then kidnapped the father, holding him hostage. When the FBI responded, an agent shot and killed the father who was being held hostage, officials say. Two years later, the family is still searching for answers.
In Jan. 2018, 47-year-old Ulises Valladares was approached by two men asking about his brother’s whereabouts, according to court documents. The men eventually gagged and duct-taped Valladares and his son. Court documents also reveal the men kidnapped Valladares, taking him to another home, and held him hostage for ransom. The 12-year-old son was eventually able to break free and call police. The FBI was called to the scene to help rescue Valladares but in the attempt to rescue him, he was shot by an FBI agent.
An FBI agent, whose identity still remains anonymous, shot and killed Valladares, leaving the 12-year-old boy orphaned.
Nearly 2.5 years after the incident, the Valladares family is still looking for answers. The FBI agent has yet to be identified.