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UPDATE 6:26 p.m.: El Paso Police have charged a man with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection to the early morning shooting and rollover on Thursday.

Elie Assaad,38, was charged after he struck an El Paso police officer with his Kia Sorrento SUV.

At 3:49 a.m., an officer attempted to stop a black Kia Sorrento SUV on I-10 westbound near downtown. Assaad was the driver of the Kia SUV  and refused to stop, then exited at Porfirio Diaz, traveled north and collided with a raised curb on Sun Bowl, striking a light pole.

Assaad traveled into a construction lot where the SUV stopped. Police said the officer exited his patrol vehicle and began to approach the SUV when Assaad hit the officer and police vehicle with the Kia SUV. The officer had drawn his handgun as the vehicle struck him and fired two rounds at the SUV.

Assaad continued to flee from the officer. 

A female front seat passenger and witness exited the vehicle when Assaad was stuck on a traffic island on Randolph. The female exited the SUV, and Assaad fled again, eventually rolling the Kia SUV just west of Rim Rd., coming to rest on Hawthorne St.

Assaad and the female were transported to University Medical Center where they were treated and released. The Officer was transported to Las Palmas Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Assaad was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and booked into the El Paso County Jail.

Nobody was struck by the rounds discharged by the officer. The officer is a 6 year veteran of the El Paso Police Department.

The investigation continues.  

EL PASO— A flipped over SUV in the middle of the street surrounded by El Paso Police officers is what students met when they were trying to get to school.

“I don't think this has ever happened here at UTEP,” said Angel Jauregui, a student at UTEP.

Police shut down rim road near hawthorne for most of the morning, forcing some students to find a new way to class.

“That's the path I normally take to class. It's going to take longer to find a new route,” said Daniel Rosas, a student at UTEP.

Police say an officer tried to pull the SUV over just before 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning on I-10 at the Porfirio Diaz exit. Instead of stopping, police say the driver stepped on the gas. Police gave chase.

At Schuster Ave., the SUV stopped after hitting a curb and slamming into a light pole. That's when investigators say the driver put it in reverse and rammed into the officer and his police car.

“The officer discharged two rounds from his duty weapon at the SUV which continued to flee onto UTEP property,” said El Paso Police Department Spokesperson Darrel Petry.

Police said a woman jumped out of the SUV and was taken into custody.

Police finally caught up with the driver at Rim Rd. and Hawthorne. That's where they found the flipped over SUV in the middle of the street.

“Both occupants were taken to UMC, the police officer was taken to Las Palmas," said Petry.

Police say no one were seriously hurt.

“The major charge is going to be aggravated assault because they tried to back up and hit the officer with the vehicle and hit the patrol car," said Petry.

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