EPPD: Teen killed in Far East El Paso shooting during botched drug deal

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — El Paso Police say a 19-year-old is dead and a 22-year-old man is in custody after a botched drug deal in Far East El Paso Friday night.

It happened at 8:30 p.m. at 2333 Bird Song near The Eastside Sports Complex. According to police, 19-year-old Joseph Anthony Jimenez and 22-year-old Zachary Carter met at the home to conduct a drug deal.

At some point during the transaction police say the two got into an argument and Carter allegedly shot Jimenez in the chest.

Carter allegedly drove from the scene with others in the vehicle and crashed into a car at a nearby intersection while trying to run away. Police say he continued to drive until he eventually abandoned the car at Carles Foster and Tim Foster when he allegedly ran away on foot.

Texas DPS Air Support spotted an unsuspecting rideshare driver dropping Carter and another man off at an eastside home. Responding patrol officers took Carter into custody at a home in the 1600 block of Robert Wynn.

Jimenez was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Carter was booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility on a Murder charge where he is being held on a $1 million dollar bond.

At this time, police have not identified the other people who were in the vehicle with Carter at the time he fled the residence on Bird Song and have not said if they will be facing any charges associated with the murder.

EARLIER

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Police are still searching for two suspects in a drive-by shooting that left one person injured and another arrested in Far East El Paso.

The shooting happened Friday night in the 2300 block of Birdsong, police said in an alert that was sent out at about 9:15 p.m.

Police confirmed one person was shot and his or her condition is unknown at this time. Another suspect is in custody while police search for two more.

Police did not release any other information about the shooting. KTSM will update this story as more information is released.

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