Family Sues FBI Agent in Shooting Death of Houston Hostage

The family of a kidnapped man who was fatally shot during a rescue mission in Houston is suing the FBI agent who killed him.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the lawsuit filed by Ulises Valladares' family alleges illegal search and seizure, and wrongful death.

An FBI spokeswoman says the shooting is under review.

Law enforcement raided a Houston residence Jan. 25, about a day after the 47-year-old Valladares was taken for ransom by men claiming to be part of a Mexican cartel.

Houston police say an FBI agent, who has not been named, was attempting to enter the unlit home when someone grabbed his rifle. Police say the agent couldn't see who it was and shot Valladares.

The family's attorney disputes the account, saying Valladares was bound at the time.

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