Update: Teen Kills Himself With Deputies Gun


POSTED: Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 9:01pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 11:37am

EL PASO - We now know the name of a teen who killed himself with an El Paso County Sheriff Deputy's gun.

Deputies say Salome Alvarez, 19, wrestled the gun away from the Sheriff's Deputy Friday night around six. Deputies say before Alvarez turned the gun on himself he pointed it at the deputy.

The shooting happened in Montana Vista after the deputy questioned three men, including Alvarez, and found out that Alvarez was wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Alvarez's warrant stemmed from February of 2010. At the time Sheriff's Deputies said Alvarez intentionally hit two teens with his car, pinning one of them underneath it and fracturing the other's leg.

The entire shooting is under investigation by detectives and internal affairs. Texas Rangers are also talking to witnesses.

"Right now it appears there was no wrong doing on the part of the officer, and we're very grateful the officer wasn't hurt. Of course we're going to have to look to see if there's anything we can do to protect our officers better. It's kind of alarming that a subject was able to pull the weapon out of an officer's holster like that," Sheriff Richard Wiles said.

The name of the deputy involved has not been released. He is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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you people who are going along with what the new is saying should not always believe it.... if you guys werent there dont be saying anything..because in the text above explaining what happened said it occured around six.. and that is wrong it happened around 4:30. because i live in that area and my friend and I were driving at 4:30 and saw a lot of cop speeding really fast, and i said to her "gosh i wonder whats happening". then later we found out why, so if you dont know then just shut up

its not stupid we need to worry about our government officials before we worry about anyone else especially to show these young people though ...your young its NOT OK to do stuff like this ...too many young people breaking the laws and getting away w it ...so if anyones stupid its you for being so closed minded

Dont the deputys holster have a safety lock on them that prevents thing like this from happening?

I smell "law suit".....

my brother was one of the two victims of the previous incedent we are not happy for what happened but we know god has his will. as for the parents they should know what kind a person their son was and shouldnt be so demanding...

haha thats so stupid. God has his will. lol. damn your stupid. the boy committed suicide. he was just tired of running. nothing to do with God. and if your brother was really a victim of this guy i bet your dumb ass family was as demanding. haha damn you truly are stupid. as for Chief Wiles. that is one stupid thing to say. Officers are supposed to put their lives on the line to protect the people. What a dumb ass thing to say. He should just give back his badge.

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