DALLAS — Edgar
Solorzano, 24, of Dallas, was sentenced today before U.S. District Judge Sam A.
Lindsay to 231 months in federal prison for the November 19, 2015 armed assault
of two federal law enforcement officers in southwest Dallas, announced U.S.
Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.
In April 2017, Solorzano pleaded guilty to one count
of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, two counts of
assault on a federal officer and one count of using, carrying, brandishing and
discharging a firearm during in relation to a crime of violence. He has
been in custody since the time of his arrest in August 2016.
Co-defendant Victor Manuel Solorzano, 32, was
convicted, following a four-day trial, of one count of possession with intent
to distribute methamphetamine, two counts of assault of a federal officer, and
two counts of using, carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm during and
in relation to a crime of violence. Victor Solorzano was sentenced on
November 3, 2017 to 567 months in federal prison.
According to documents filed in the case, on November 19, 2015, Victor
and Edgar Solorzano, cousins who lived across the street from each other, fired
numerous gunshots at two federal officers with the U.S. Immigrations and Customs
Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with high-powered,
semi-automatic firearms, and riddled their pickup truck with bullets as the
Officers went to install a court-ordered tracking device on Victor Solorzano’s
vehicle at his residence on Wilbur Street in Dallas, Texas. Victor was under
federal investigation by HSI for trafficking methamphetamine at the time.
Immediately after installing the tracking device on Victor’s vehicle, Victor,
armed with a pistol, confronted the officer in the street and began firing at
the officer. The officer got inside the passenger’s side of a pickup as Victor
and Edgar began firing numerous gunshots at the two federal officers, who did
not return fire. Victor and Edgar continued firing at the federal officers as
they sped away. The officer who installed the court-ordered tracking device
sustained four nonfatal bullet wounds and the pickup driven by the other
officer sustained numerous bullet strikes, all from the back.
After the shooting, Edgar hid the pistol in the attic of his residence
and the pistol used by Victor in a neighbor’s backyard. The police searched
Edgar’s residence and found the pistol hidden in the attic. The police also
found in Edgar’s bedroom more than eight grams of methamphetamine,
drug-distribution paraphernalia, and a variety of firearms and ammunition. The
pistol used by Victor was found in the neighbor’s backyard.
Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Dallas Police Department and U.S.
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations
(HSI) investigated. Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary
Tromblay and Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Kull and Rachael Jones prosecuted.