ICE Arrests Man Who Only Got Ticket For Killing Two Officers

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Immigration officials arrested the man who ran over two members of law enforcement in the emergency lane in December.

Rockville, MD – Immigration officials have arrested the man responsible for killing two law enforcement officials who were standing in the emergency lane after a traffic crash in December of 2017.

Maryland State Police Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office Deputy Chief Sander Cohen and Federal Bureau of Investigation Supervisory Special Agent Carlos Wolff were both killed after Palacios swerved into the emergency lane on Route 270 near the Falls Road exit on Dec. 8, 2017, WTTG reported.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents took 28-year-old Roberto A. Garza Palacios into custody on Thursday, just two days after the Maryland State Police announced Palacios had been charged with negligent driving and given a $280 file and three points for the collision that left a state fire chief and a federal agent dead, The Washington Post reported.

After his arrest on May 3, Palacios was charged with overstaying and violating the terms of a work visa that expired in 2009, according to Justine Whelan, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

It turned out that the native of Guatemala, whom ICE attempted to detain back in 2015, had an extensive police record and has been wanted by immigration officials for almost three years, the Germantown Pulse reported.

According court records, Palacios was ticketed in May of 2015 for the exact same negligent driving violation for which he was charged after the December crash which killed Chief Cohen and Agent Wolff. He was also charged with failure to obey traffic control device instructions.

He pleaded guilty to both those charges, but failed to pay the tickets and had his driving privileges suspended from June 22, 2015 until Nov. 20, 2015, the Germantown Pulse reported.

On June 12, 2015, Palacios was arrested on 16 counts of malicious destruction of property after he was accused of smashing 16 windows with a metal bar and setting a sofa on fire near a construction site, The Washington Post reported.

He was held in the Montgomery County jail after that arrest, and ICE put a detainer on him in August of 2015 which meant that he should be turned over to immigration officials when he got out of the county jail.

However, jail officials released Palacios without notifying ICE, according to The Washington Post.

Robert Green, director of the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, said his agency decided the ICE detainer request from August 2015 lacked sufficient probable cause, so they released Palacios from jail without notifying immigration officials.

The illegal immigrant was arrested in Montgomery County again two year later, in August of 2017. He was charged with possession of controlled dangerous substance, but the prosecutor dropped the charges and released him, the Germantown Pulse reported.

Montgomery County officials declared their jurisdiction a “sanctuary” in January of 2017 after then newly-elected President Donald Trump announced his executive order on border security.

“Montgomery County is committed to building and maintaining a safe and inclusive community for our residents. Understanding, tolerance, and respect are hallmarks of the Montgomery County way. Social justice for all is what we strive to achieve in our County,” the statement read.

“It is longstanding County policy that County police do not enforce federal immigration law. Neither will they inquire about immigration status when individuals are stopped nor target individuals based on their ethnicity, race, or religious beliefs,” the county said.

The crash that killed 33-year-old Chief Cohen and 36-year-old Agent Wolff occurred at about 10 pm on Dec. 8, 2017 after Agent Wolff had been involved in a crash with his personal vehicle, and Chief Cohen stopped to assist him at about 10 p.m.

Police said that Chief Cohen turned on his emergency flashers and positioned his vehicle to block off Wolff’s damaged one while he called officers for assistance, WTTG reported.

Investigators said that Agent Wolff and Chief Cohen were both standing outside their vehicles in the left emergency lane talking when Palacios came upon the scene.

Palacios, 28, told police he was in the left lane and tried to change lanes to avoid the stopped cars, but was blocked by traffic. So instead, he tried to go left around the vehicles.

He swerved left and hit both Agent Wolff and Chief Cohen, throwing them over the median’s dividing barrier and into oncoming traffic on the southbound side of the freeway, WTTG reported.

Chief Cohen died at the scene. Agent Wolff was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Palacios remained at the scene and cooperated with police, WTTG reported.

Investigators determined that neither alcohol, nor drugs, nor speed were factors in the tragic crash.

Comments (15)
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RunCop
RunCop

Too bad and bye bye scumbag !!

GreenMarine50
GreenMarine50

What about the reckless component to this criminal behavior?!? The culpable mental state, namely intent, is not needed for a criminal charge. His own admissions are plenty of evidence he had no consideration for the value of human life. He can easily find his way back into the country and will more likely than not continue on his increasingly violent path. #LockHimUp

Marxest
Marxest

That's a horrible turn of events. Those two Officers lives were lost, unfortunately, but there was no criminal malice in Mr. Palacios actions. The investigators stated that Palacios remained on the scene and that he wasn't speeding nor was he impaired or intoxicated. That's why he wasn't seriously charged. Otherwise they would have crucified him. He'shad a few run ins with the law, but nothing that indicates that he is especially dangerous or violent.

Florence 1946
Florence 1946

Than why did he move into a lane where the two officers were investigating a wreck.I think he did it on purpose.That is my opinion.

Mrs10
Mrs10

“On June 12, 2015, Palacios was arrested on 16 counts of malicious destruction of property after he was accused of smashing 16 windows with a metal bar and setting a sofa on fire near a construction site, The Washington Post reported.”

Nope, no criminal malice in this one at all shaking head in disgust

fell
fell

death by sanctuary

I_Stand_With_Police
I_Stand_With_Police

Time to hold all who enable/assist/allow criminals to murder others accountable and punished to the full extent of the law! Why isn't the Maryland State Police, Robert Green, director of the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation,the prosecutor and the Montgomery County officials who declared their jurisdiction a “sanctuary” all held accountable and pulled from their jobs? Because of them 2 men are dead. If they had done their jobs people's property and lives would still be intact.

Nativeamerican
Nativeamerican

He was in the country illegally and charged with negligent driving instead of homicide. Therefore he was released back into the general population by liberals.

today_is_the_day
today_is_the_day

How often do cops kill people with their vehicle and not be charged? A double standard for human failings...

gdmn2find8
gdmn2find8

That's Maryland and Monkey county for you. Run by left wing liberals in the state legislature and a sanctuary city. Granted they have a Republican governor, but the entire state legislature is left wing democrats.

today_is_the_day
today_is_the_day

Good thing the cops commenting on this article aren't racist. Lol.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Stop trolling asshole. There was not one comment made by anyone who responded, that anyone could construe as racist.

RunCop
RunCop

Today is the day.....to go fuck yourself!

today_is_the_day
today_is_the_day

Lol. If you guys edit your comments, then that would be true. And accept that car accidents happen. A lot. And cops die by them at a remarkable rate. Almost like they are not obeying the rules of the road. Like they believe they are above the law. Fortunately, physics can't be corrupted.


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