Sheriff Richard Wiles of the El Paso County Sheriff Department in Texas, sadly reports the death of Deputy Sheriff Peter Herrera.
Deputy Herrera died as a result of gunshot wounds he sustained during a traffic stop for defective equipment and an expired registration plate. As Deputy Herrera was interviewing the driver, a some time during the interview, he requested that the driver exit the vehicle. The suspect driver obtained a firearm and shot Deputy Herrera multiple times.
The suspect driver and a female passenger in the vehicle fled on foot but were apprehended a short distance from the traffic stop.
Deputy Herrera was critically wounded and was assisted by civilians who witnessed the shooting and other responding deputies and border patrol agents. Deputy Herrera was transported to a near by hospital where he remained in the intensive care unit until his condition deteriorated and he died.
Our hearts are heavy as we have learned that El Paso County (TX) Deputy Peter Herrera #4928, has passed away after being shot numerous times during traffic stop. Please keep his family and fellow officers in your thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/0WMhZB5rYd
— Fort Worth Police OA (@FWPOA) March 25, 2019
Deputy Herrera served the El Paso County Sheriff Department for several years. He is survived by his wife and his extended family.
Our hearts are breaking for the family and co-workers of Deputy Herrera,” said Dianne Bernhard, Executive Director for the Concerns of Police Survivors organization. “At C.O.P.S. we understand the complete devastation being felt by his wife and friends right now. We will be there for them to support them, for as long as they need us.”
Concerns of Police Survivors is a group made up of men, women and children who have experienced the loss of loved ones in the line of duty. They have created an extensive network of support across the entire nation and routinely hold events for those that have been affected by the tragedies of line of duty deaths.
Herrera is now the 27th officer to be killed in the line of duty in 2019, among 13 officers that were killed by gunfire.
Deputy Sheriff Peter Herrera is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: March 24, 2019.