EPCSO identifies man accused of shooting deputy


The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man accused of shooting a sheriff’s deputy in San Elizario early Friday morning as Facundo Chavez, 27.

Chavez allegedly shot Deputy Peter Herrera multiple times — including once in the head — at about 2 a.m. near the 1000 block of Chicken Ranch Road. 

According to jail records, Chavez is charged with criminal attempted capital murder of a peace officer and unlawful possession of firearm by felon.

Investigators say a woman was also allegedly involved in the incident. Her identity has not yet been released.

Chavez is being held at the El Paso County Jail under bonds totaling $1,520,000.

This is not the first time Chavez has found himself in legal trouble.

Court records show that he was arrested in September 2018 on suspicion of domestic violence and criminal mischief charges.

According to documents, Chavez was confronted by his girlfriend for allegedly cheating on her.

The girlfriend told officers that Chavez then “grabbed her by the throat and arm, picked her up and tossd her around like a rag doll,” the complaint affidavit said.

In the kitchen, the girlfriend ripped Chavez’ necklace off and he allegedly bit her thumb.

Chavez also allegedly slapped her several times with the back of his hand as she tried to get away.

As she tried to leave, Chavez allegedly grabbed her cell phone and smashed it on the concrete driveway.

According to documents, the girlfriend then saw El Paso Police officers and ran up to them yelling, “Help me, help me.”

Other court documents allege that Chavez sold a controlled substance Dec. 13, 2017. He also allegedly sold marijuana to an undercover officer on Dec. 11, 2017.

Read the full documents below:

A GoFundMe page was created to help the injured deputy. To contribute, click HERE.

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