El Paso officer shot at in South-Central neighborhood, suspect caught


UPDATE (8:40 p.m.): The SWAT team was able to arrest the suspect after using tear gas to force him out of a South Central El Paso apartment Wednesday night.

The arrest happened in the 100 block of North Clark, an El Paso Police Department spokesman said. 

Police were able to locate the suspect earlier in the day, but after hours of negotiations they were forced to use tear gas to force him out of the residence, the spokesman said.

Some apartment residents will not be able to return to their home. In those cases, police are making arrangements. 

The spokesman said that students at Cooley Elementary will also be able to return to class as regularly scheduled on Wednesday.

UPDATE (8:10 p.m.): Police have a suspect in custody, according to a department alert released at 8:10 p.m. A media briefing is expected soon. 

UPDATE (4:21 p.m.): Police said the officer who was shot has been treated and released from the hospital. 

ORIGINAL: An officer has been shot in a South-Central El Paso neighborhood, near Fox Plaza.

Police are currently searching the neighborhood for the shooter, officials said. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Several streets in the area have been impacted by either the search or police trying to divert traffic. 

An alert on the shooting was released by the El Paso Police Department at about 12:30 p.m. The location is at Seville and Sambrano.

Police said that officers came across a suspicious suspect and he fled. When officers caught up with the suspect, he began shooting. 

An officer was shot and taken to the hospital, but no other information is available at this time. A briefing is expected soon.

Cooley Elementary School is on lockdown as a precaution, an El Paso Independent School District official said. 

KTSM will update this story as more details are released. 

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