POSTED: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 6:35pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 12:40am
Luzz Marquez was driving down G Avenue in Fabens Tuesday night when he stopped to help a 69 year-old woman after he saw someone hit her with a car.
"I had picked her face off the ground so she wouldn't be breathing the dust and that's when the cop came up and said, "Get the hell out of here. I'm running this show." What show? I have a lady who is on her lasts breaths," Marquez said.
The woman passed away later that night but Marquez., a former emergency medical technician, says he was helping the woman breathe before the deputy told him to stop.
"He wanted me to just release her and just let her die there. I wasn't about to do that.He said I'll get you out of here. I'll have to arrest you or I'll get you the hell out of here. While I'm holding the lady's head."
Marquez says he doesn't know if he could have saved the woman's life, but the deputy crossed the line when he threatened to arrest him.
"The unprofessionalism of the sheriff's deputy is really is uncalled for. They don't need to act like we're out in the wild west," Marquez said.
Marquez says his thoughts go out to the woman's family and even though the deputy made it hard for him to help it won't stop him from trying.
"I'll always stop and help somebody, especially a lady," Marquez said.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says it is investigating what happened and we'll let us know what the outcome is.