Officer Fired Shots at Fleeing Suspect Near UTEP


POSTED: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 7:21am

UPDATED: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 8:49am

UPDATE:  8:48 a.m.  As result of a traffic accident on the UTEP campus earlier this morning, the following streets and intersections are temporarily closed.
• Sun Bowl Drive at University Avenue (Roundabout) / Parking lot S-3 (across from Kelly Hall)
• Hawthorne Street from Rim Road to University Avenue
It is recommended for East bound traffic to UTEP should exit I-10 at Executive Center Boulevard. West bound traffic should exit at the Downtown exit.  The Miner Metro stop at Rim Road and Hawthorne Street will be temporarily be rerouted to the entrance at S-1 during this closure. Permit holders who normally park or drive in these areas are encouraged to plan ahead to find alternative routes.

EL PASO - We're following a developing story this morning.

We're told an El Paso Police officer shot at a suspect near the UTEP campus.

It happened at around 3:30 this morning.

Police say the officer pulled over a black Kia Serrento near University and Sun Bowl.

That's when the driver tried to run the officer over, then took off.

Police say the officer fired two shots at the SUV, then chased after it.

The pursuit ended at Rim and Hawthorne, where the SUV rolled over.

Police took the driver and a woman who was in the passenger seat into custody.

She is believed to have jumped out of the vehicle during the chase.

Both were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police still have parts of the UTEP campus blocked off, which could affect traffic later this morning.

We will continue to bring you updates on this story throughout the day.

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