Suspect who allegedly killed Texas officer during traffic stop was illegal immigrant on the run for 25 years

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A Central American man who is an illegal immigrant and an international fugitive who has been on the run for 25 years is the same man who is accused of using a rifle to shoot a Texas police officer during a traffic stop over the weekend.

“This is a murderer. This is a ruthless, savage execution,” Harris County Constable Ted Heap declared on Monday. “Somebody like this needs to be removed from the streets and removed from the streets very quickly.”

Fox News confirmed via Immigration and Customs Enforcement that Oscar Rosales was in the country illegally.

According to prosecutors, Rosales, 51, was arrested by Mexican authorities on Wednesday in the border town of Ciudad Acuña and was then handed over to American officials. He is being charged with capital murder for killing Harris County Constable Charles Galloway by shooting him through the windshield of his squad car during a Houston traffic stop early Monday morning.

Court documents reveal that Galloway, who was a 12-year veteran with Precinct 5, turned on his emergency lights just after midnight on Monday to pull over a white Toyota Avalon that was being driven by Rosales. The vehicle continued at a slow pace forward before pulling over.

Dash camera footage shows the driver stepping out of his car with a rifle and then pointing the weapon at the officer and firing multiple shots toward him. The driver then got back into his car and drove away, according to court documents obtained by Houston’s KHOU-TV.

The Honduran, Guatemalan, and El Salvadorian governments have been notified of his arrest according to Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg. She noted that Rosales had been a fugitive from Texas law enforcement for 25 years. He was also wanted in El Salvador for murder.

“He was arrested for aggravated assault with a knife back in 1995,” she stated. Rosales pled guilty and then was given probation. Following that lenient sentence, he proceeded to take off.

“He absconded and literally evaded detection and capture by law enforcement on that open warrant for 25 years,” the DA asserted.

Prosecutors contend the suspect has had numerous fake identities and is a “professional criminal.” He has been wanted on an aggravated assault charge under a different alias.

Ogg also announced that two of Rosales’ relatives were charged with tampering with evidence in the case, ABC 13 reported. Reina Marquez and Henri Mauricio Pereira-Marquez, who are identified as Rosales’ wife and brother-in-law, are accused of trying to cover up the suspect’s involvement in the case according to court documents.

Rosales is now being held without bond. He is slated to appear in court on Friday. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the suspect.

“The vicious attacks against law enforcement we’ve seen across Texas – and across our country – are unacceptable,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Fox News Digital in an interview. “I’m glad to see this murderer has been apprehended and the process has begun to bring him back to Texas. We need to send a clear message to anyone who would harm our men and women in uniform: we will find you, and if you’re still standing when they bring you in, you will pay the price.”

“It just speaks to society, in general. Not only in our region, but around the nation. My advice, my call to everyone, we better get intentional, damn intentional, about locking up violent individuals,” Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said in a briefing.

“The first thought that came to my mind was, is how many other Rosales’ are out there that are wanted?” Andy Kahan, who is the director of Victims Services for Crime Stoppers, told KHOU-TV.

“We got to a get a grip on this issue or you are going to continue to see people, especially in law enforcement, pay the ultimate price, by losing their life,” remarked Kahan.


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