Man in crash at border shot to death

February 5, 2008 6:50:14 PM PST
El Paso police say a Mexican man who died after crashing his car into a stone wall at a border crossing was shot to death. Manuel Hipolito Llanes Guzman, 24, crashed the Chevy Avalanche he was driving early Monday about 100 yards in front of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspection station at a southeast El Paso bridge connecting Ciudad Juarez with El Paso.

Investigators initially believed that Llanes was killed in the crash, but an autopsy later showed that he suffered a fatal gunshot wound.

Police said Tuesday a gun was found inside the vehicle. It is unclear where Llanes was shot, though the Ciudad Juarez resident was heading into Texas at the time of the crash, investigators said.

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