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Stabbing victim marks 6th murder in El Paso

Stabbing victim marks 6th murder in El Paso
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POSTED: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 5:40pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 7:55pm

Update:  Police released more information in a statement Monday evening.  In the release police said that the suspect confronted the man and woman inside the apartment.  The suspect stabbed the woman numerous times in the upper torso, killing her.  Officers then found the suspect at a home on the 7800 block of Maverick.  Officers said the suspect confronted them, armed with a knife, so they tased him.  But, that didn't stop him, so an officer shot the man, killing him. 

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A 35-year-old woman is dead and a 41-year-old man is fighting for his life. Police said a man stabbed the two victims in a Lower Valley neighborhood. The suspect, a 38-year-old man is dead.

Two separate but related incidents leave a Lower Valley neighborhood on edge.

"We can't be safe nowhere anymore... it's very shocking,” Marivel Alvarez told us. Marivel Alvarez lives around Dale and Sycamore Roads which is where police found the two victims this morning. A woman was dead at the scene.

"Officers did locate another individual, a male that was a victim of some stab wounds,” Darrel Petry, a spokesperson for the El Paso Police Department told us.

The police investigation led officers to a home two miles away -- near the intersection of Lariet and Mustang streets.

"They were out here in the attempt to locate the person that we believe is responsible for the murder on Dale Street.” Sgt. Chris Mears of EPPD said.

That’s when officers say they were face-to-face with the man who they believe stabbed the man and the woman – and approached them with weapons.

"The person that we believe was responsible for the murder confronted the officers armed with knives,” Mears explained.

Police then used a Taser to try and stop the man. "Although the Taser is a very good tool and we've seen it being more effective than previous things like pepper spray and batons, it's not 100-percent effective,” Mears said. But that didn't work. That's when one officer pulled out a gun and shot the man.

"The male subject died at the scene,” Mears told us.

"Very disturbing because it's, it's a quiet neighborhood and plus we don't know what kind of people we have; we're living around,” Alvarez said.

Neighbors remain vigilant -- while the investigation continues. The police department has not released the name of the officer who shot the suspect. They said he will be on administrative leave while this investigation continues.
 

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