Capital murder charge added against man who shot El Paso Sheriff deputy


Jail records show the man who allegedly shot the El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy who died Sunday is officially facing a Capital Murder charge. 

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Jail records show Facundo Chavez, 27, is now facing Capital Murder in connection with the shooting and death of Deputy Peter Herrera. He was previously charged with attempted Capital Murder of a Peace Officer, which was declined in lieu of the more severe charge. 

Chavez allegedly shot Herrera 14 times during a traffic stop on March 22 on Chicken Ranch Road in San Elizario. On bullet struck Herrera in the head.

Herrera had surgery over the weekend after he lost blood in the shooting, but went into cardiac arrest on Sunday and died.

“He was a great man who was looked up to by many,” Wiles said solemnly at a news conference on Sunday. “We suffered a tremendous loss today. Not just his family, but each and every member of this agency and the community as a whole.”

Wiles said he will be asking the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office to seek the death penalty. The office sent the following statement to KTSM. 

“The killing of Peter Herrera, a deputy with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, is presently under review by the District Attorney’s Office,” the statement said. ” A decision on whether to seek the death penalty will be made after a thorough consideration of all the facts and circumstances surrounding this crime.”

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