Texas deputy dies days after the shooting, the police want suspect charged with capital murder

Peter Herrera, a West Texas sheriff’s deputy who was critically wounded Friday in a shooting during a traffic stop, died, authorities said in a statement.

A sheriff’s deputy who was shot Friday in West Texas succumbed to his injuries on Sunday, authorities said.

Deputy Peter Herrera’s death was confirmed by the El Paso County Sheriff’s office in a statement on Facebook.

“We ask for your continued prayers and support for the Deputy-Herrera, his wife, his family and friends in their time of need,” the statement read. No further details were released.


Herrera was performing a routine traffic stop early Friday morning in San Elizario — about 25 miles southeast of El Paso-as a man in the car opened fire, striking Herrera multiple times, authorities said.

El Paso County Sheriff ‘ s Office spokesman Robert Flores said Herrera not back to shooting, and the shooter fled on foot, together with a female passenger. Deputies found the pair hiding in a shed a few blocks away from where the deputy was shot, Flores said.

Facundo Chavez, 27, was booked into the El Paso County Jail without bond on multiple charges, including attempted capital murder of peace officer.
(El Paso County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

The suspected shooter, Facundo Chavez, 27, remains in custody at the El Paso County Jail on an attempted capital murder charge.

Sheriff Richard Wiles said Chavez is free will be upgraded to capital murder, and added that he will ask for the death penalty, the El Paso Times reported.

Authorities say that the woman, Chavez had cooperated with the authorities and was later released. Their relationship was not immediately clear.


Authorities had said Friday that they expect Herrera to survive the shooting because he was wearing a protective vest. In the weekend, Herrera was listed in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery and was recovering in an area hospital. A Facebook action had been set up for Herrera on Friday afternoon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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