EL PASO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A West Texas sheriff’s deputy, who was critically wounded Friday in a shooting during a traffic stop, has died.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s office confirmed the death of Deputy Peter Herrera in a statement on Facebook.READ MORE: Tarrant County Public Health Director Talks With Concerned Moms About Kids, Classrooms And COVID-19
Despite being shot multiple times, authorities had said on Friday that they expected Herrera to survive the shooting because he was wearing a protective vest.READ MORE: At Least 10 Dead, More Than A Dozen Injured After Overloaded Van Carrying Migrants Crashes In South Texas
Herrera was shot around 1:50 a.m. Friday after stopping a vehicle in San Elizario, about 25 miles southeast of El Paso along the U.S.-Mexico border. Authorities say a man in the vehicle started shooting after the deputy asked the driver to step out of the car.
The suspected gunman, 27-year-old Facundo Chavez, was initially booked on an attempted capital murder charge. A woman initially arrested with Chavez was released.MORE NEWS: 'Wow, There Goes The Ground': North Texan Wally Funk Shares Story Of Her Dream Journey Into Space
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