Police Release Identities in Officer Involved Shooting

POSTED: Friday, April 2, 2010 - 2:12pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 5, 2010 - 11:19pm

El Paso - Police have released the names of two officers, and a suspect, who were involved in a shooting on Gateway West and Yarborough yesterday afternoon.

Police say Officer Jorge Gonzales, who was off duty at the time, shot 20-year-old Andres Elias Cortez in the neck after a traffic accident.

Investigators say Cortez rear-ended Gonzalez's SUV around 3:30 p.m.

Gonzalez and another off duty officer, Michelle Gonzalez, got out of the SUV and that's when police say Cortez tried to flee from the scene in his car.

Cortez allegedly stuck the female officer, pinning her under his car.

The male officer fired when police say it looked like Cortez was going to hit the female officer again.

Officer Michelle Gonzalez is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Officer Jorge Gonzalez is on administrative duty while police conduct an investigation.

Police say the officers are not related.

Cortez remains hospitalized in critical condition.

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To many people getting shot by police officers using the "we felt threatened so we had to shoot" excuse. Shoot at the tires or at their feet or legs. DON'T SHOOT TO CAUSE SERIOUS HARM OR DEATH!!!

I dont think the hit the officer, not when video shows both of them pacing around nervous after the boy was shot. In my opinion cold blooded murder but since he is a cop he will get away with it

Why is it that people from El Paso are always blaming the police when they have to do their job? That kid acted stuopid, little did he know that he rearended the wrong vehicle, the police officer was pinned under the car. I would of done the same thing if i was that officer.

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