Authorities say a driver who was fatally shot by a Texas trooper after falsely identifying himself during a traffic stop was wanted on felony warrants out of California and was a gang member.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says 20-year-old Brandon Leonel Monroy of Tulare, Calif., was being detained and handcuffed when he tried to steal the trooper's patrol car. Trooper Corina Jandrew on Sunday had pulled Monroy over for a traffic violation during a stop just south of Lubbock.
DPS on Wednesday said Monroy was a documented Norteno gang member and had a long criminal history, including numerous felonies.
Texas Rangers are investigating the death. The fatal shooting will also be reviewed by a Lubbock County grand jury.
The trooper has been placed on paid administrative leave.