An El Paso Sheriff’s Deputy that was shot during a traffic stop on Friday has succumbed to his injuries, reported the El Paso Times.
Deputy Pete Herrera becomes the 27th law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty since the beginning of 2019, the 13th officer killed by gunfire this year. Herrera passed away Sunday evening at the hospital. He suffered multiple gun shot wounds, including a bullet to his head.
Sheriff Wiles made a statement to the press following Herrera’s death, noting that the public shouldn’t fear for their safety after the shooting.
“This community belongs to the good people of El Paso, not the criminals,” Wiles said. “We’re not going to give it up.”
27-year-old Facundo Chavez was arrested shortly after the shooting last week, being taken into custody without issue. He faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and criminal attempted capital murder of a peace officer, and is being held on a $1.5 million dollar bond.
Sheriff Wiles told the media that they would be seeking the death penalty.
Herrera had been with the sheriff’s office for 11 years.
A sheriff’s deputy is in critical condition Friday after reportedly being shot multiple times, according to ABC 7 News.
Police sources have confirmed that an El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy was rushed to the hospital in the early hours of Friday morning. He was said to have been shot multiple times, including wounds to the head.
El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles commented on the tragedy, noting that the suspects had been apprehended and were now in police custody.
BREAKING: Chicken Ranch Road and parts of Socorro Road are blocked off while El Paso County Sheriff Deputies investigate an officer-involved shooting. https://t.co/FU0arY1hyC
— KTSM 9 News (@KTSMtv) March 22, 2019
According to the Sheriff, the male deputy was conducting a routine traffic stop early Friday morning involving a car that had run a red light.
The vehicle came to a stop by the Chicken Ranch Road and Socorro Road intersection. As the deputy approached the vehicle, he noticed a male and female passenger inside.
One of the passengers then reportedly exited the vehicle, drew a gun and shot the El Paso deputy multiple times.
Wiles noted that the deputy endured multiple bullet wounds including a bullet to the head. He did say, however, that the bullet did not hit the deputy’s brain.
The deputy was rushed to a local hospital and is listed in critical condition. A manhunt began for the two suspects, who were found hiding in a nearby shed. The two were taken into custody without further incident.
I've been in San Elizario since about 4:30 this morning where the El Paso County Sheriff's Office says a deputy was shot multiple times while conducting a traffic stop. I just spoke with El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles, who tells us what happened: pic.twitter.com/lsymbGF3CH
— Simon Williams (@SimonKFOX_CBS) March 22, 2019
The gun that was used in the shooting was also recovered at the scene.
El Paso County Sheriff Officials have not identified the deputy shot, nor those involved.
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