Suspect faces murder count after the West Texas deputy dies

EL PASO, Texas – The man accused of the shooting of a West Texas sheriff’s deputy faces a upgrade of the expenses after the lawman died during the weekend.

El Paso, Magistrate Judge Penny Hamilton said Monday that the 27-year-old Facundo Chavez was rebooked on a capital murder charge. Chavez was initially booked on one count of attempted murder.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Sunday that 35-year-old deputy Peter Herrera died after shot Friday during a traffic stop.

The authorities say that a man in the vehicle Herrera stopped, fired 15 shots at the deputy after he asked the driver to step out of a car in San Elizario, about 25 miles (40 km) in the south-east of El Paso.

While officials had initially expected to survive, Herrera, the widow said on Facebook his condition worsened Saturday.

The officials say that it is the first shooting death of an El Paso deputy since 1940.

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