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Texas Hunters Shoot Each Other but Blame Illegal Immigrants


(Posted 02/22/2017)   Two hunters accused in a shooting on a ranch near the Mexican border in Presidio, Texas told authorities they were attacked by immigrants who had entered the U.S. illegally.

But it was a lie, according to police and, now, a grand jury. Investigators determined that guides Walker Daughetry and Michael Bryant in fact shot at one another by accident, striking guide Walker Daughetry and hunter Edwin Roberts in the process. Daughetry and Bryant were indicted for third-degree felonies last Wednesday.

"By the looks of it right now, we believe that during the shooting, with all the commotion and confusion going on, we believe that Michael shot Walker and Walker had shot Edwin," Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez told the station.

None the less, their story soon jumped into online right-wing circles, thanks in part to Texas Commissioner of Agriculture and Donald Trump ally Sid Miller.

Miller, who previously courted online infamy with a vulgar tweet about Hillary Clinton during last year's election campaign, deleted his initial Facebook post about the incident after news broke that police were suspicious of the hunters' story. But his leap to promote the hunters' story in the immediate wake of the shootings was more labor-intensive than simply sharing a news report. Miller's initial post included two pictures of Daugherty, including one showing him in his hospital bed hooked up to medical machinery.

Miller was reportedly being considered as a finalist to head Trump's Department of Agriculture, up until the president nominated Georgia Republican Sonny Perdue for the job.