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Posted: Monday, April 2, 2018 4:57 pm

The Texas Rangers are investigating an officer involved shooting that left one man dead in Cameron Park.

Family members of the dead man allege a Cameron County Sheriff’s Department deputy shot and killed 22-year-old Luis Yair Alvarez on Easter Sunday.

Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said that he will hold a press conference Tuesday regarding the apparent officer-involved shooting in Cameron Park.

When asked whether a deputy was involved in a shooting at Cameron Park, Lucio only said that he will hold a press conference about the incident and declined to release any preliminary details.

Lt. Johnny Hernandez, of the Texas Department of Public Safety, confirmed late Monday afternoon that the Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting.

Although law enforcement has not identified the man, his identity was provided by family members who were present at the time of the shooting.

 Alvarez’s mother, Esmeralda Vega, on Monday afternoon, surrounded by mourning family members, said she called authorities because her son was fighting with his girlfriend and wouldn’t stop.

According to Vega, the girlfriend wanted to leave, but Alvarez wouldn’t let her, prompting the call to the sheriff’s office.

“He got a knife, but he didn’t intend to assault anyone,” Vega said in Spanish.

Vega told her son that police were outside.

“That’s when he went outside with the knife, but both hands were up,” Vega said.

Several family members present when Alvarez was shot recalled hearing four shots.

Note:This story has been updated from its previous posting.

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