Texas sheriff’s deputy shot during traffic stop dies

Texas sheriff's deputy shot during traffic stop dies

Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas — 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. It gave no further details.

It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of our brother Deputy Peter Herrera. Deputy Herrera was shot…

Posted by El Paso County Sheriff's Office – EPCSO on Sunday, March 24, 2019

Authorities had said on Friday that they expected Herrera to survive the shooting because he was wearing a protective vest.

Herrera was shot around 1:50 a.m. Friday after stopping a vehicle in San Elizario, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) 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.

Thank you ALL for your continued prayers and support for Deputy Herrera. A fundraiser has been set up for Deputy Herrera…

Posted by El Paso County Sheriff's Office – EPCSO on Saturday, March 23, 2019