LAREDO, Texas – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment
against a 19-year-old Laredo resident for illegally possessing a firearm
while under an active domestic violence protection order and possessing
a firearm while under indictment, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K.
Mario Alberto Salazar is expected to appear for his arraignment next week before a U.S. magistrate judge in Laredo.
The criminal complaint originally filed in the case alleges Salazar
was under an active protective order which prohibited him from
possessing a firearm. However, he allegedly assaulted a woman March 31,
2020 – striking her in the left arm and hip with the firearm. The
charges also allege he pointed a firearm at her feet while threatening
to shoot her.
According to the allegations, authorities test fired the weapon and
entered the casings into the National Integrated Ballistic Information
Network (NIBIN) which led to a match to a shooting incident in Laredo on
March 23. On that date, Salazar allegedly discharged a firearm at a
vehicle as it was driving through an intersection. He was still subject
to the domestic violence order at that time, according to the charges.
“NIBIN is the only national network that allows for the capture and
comparison of ballistic evidence to aid in solving and preventing
violent crimes involving firearms,” said Special Agent in Charge Fred
Milanowski of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
The criminal complaint also alleges Salazar is under indictment in
Webb County for engaging in organized criminal activity and unlawful
restraint and is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm.
If convicted of either charge, Salazar faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.
ATF conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Laredo
Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney April Ayers-Perez is
prosecuting the case.