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Constable Shoots Man Outside East Side Club

POSTED: Monday, June 1, 2009 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:24pm

The Sheriff's Department has launched an investigation into a constable-involved shooting outside an East El Paso club.

It happened around 2 o'clock Saturday morning at the "El Bandolero" club on the 11200 Block of Pelicano.

Deputies say two off-duty constables working as security guards at the club heard a gunshot in the parking lot.

At closer look, the constables saw a man hiding between two cars.

The man took off when the constables identified themselves.

After a foot chase the constables cornered the man in a nearby parking lot.

Investigators say the suspect reached for something near his waist and that's when one constable fired a single shot, striking the suspect in the hip.

Deputies say the shooting seems justified.

The suspect hasn't been identified and is recovering in the hospital.
The investigation continues.

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