Fabens man dead after shooting at deputy, barricading himself in his home
POSTED: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 11:29am
UPDATED: Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 9:11am
Fabens, TX (KTSM) — A Fabens man is dead after a nearly 7 hour standoff with law enforcement.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says the suspect in this case is George Reese Lutich Jr.
According to Lutich's criminal record, he was ticketed for speeding several times, charged with stalking -- although that was later dismissed, and most recently, violated his probation.
Authorities say an SUV he was a passenger in was pulled over by an El Paso Sheriffs Deputy for a traffic violation around 11:30 Tuesday morning. The driver of the SUV, Lutich's girlfriend, Angela Marasovich, was outside of the SUV signing the traffic violation when Lutich exited the SUV and allegedly fired a single shot from a handgun at the deputy. The deputy then returned fire at Lutich. No one was hit in the gunfire exchange.
Lutich and Marasovich returned to their SUV and fled to Lutich's home located at 17901 Middle Island Rd. As deputies arrived at the scene, Lutich allegedly pointed a rifle in their direction. Deputies then retreated and set up a perimeter around Lutich's home and subsequently evacuated several homes in the surrounding area.
Sheriff's deputies called in their SWAT team, Crisis Negotiations Team, Criminal Investigation Division and the Sheriff's Office Strike team to assist. The United States Border Patrol air support unit, several US Border Patrol agents, Customs and Border protections officers and Clint Police also were called in to assist.
Neighbors were on edge.
"They said it was a standoff so I didn't know if it was close to my house or he was in my house or my neighbors house. I'm planning on getting me another gun so I can take care of myself," said Alfredo Aranda.
The Sheriff's Crisis Negotiations Team made contact with Lutich and Masrasovich at approximately 1:00 p.m. After several hours of negotiations, both refused to leave the residence. The SWAT Team and Border Patrol Tactical Unit then approached Lutich's home and deployed a distraction device in hopes of having the pair come out.
Marasovich came out, Lutich did not. It was determined that Lutich was dead inside his home due to a self inflicted gunshot wound. No law enforcement officers were hurt during the ordeal. The Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division will continue to conduct a formal investigation.