Police report: El Paso man killed in officer-involved shooting had ‘anti-police’ history


KTSM has obtained the police report detailing an officer-involved shooting that left one man dead two months ago.

As KTSM previously reported, the incident happened October 10 outside of the Pebble Hills police station in East El Paso.

Richard Palafox, 76, was identified as the man killed in the exchange with officers.

The report shows that Palafox, who was believed to be suicidal, was parked outside of the station with a gun and repeatedly ignored officers’ commands to put down the weapon.

Police later heard gunshots coming from his truck and returned fire, killing him.

According to the report, Palafox’s ex-wife told police that he had extreme “anti-police” thoughts after an officer allegedly assaulted him 20 years ago.

She added that Palafox also frequently went online to research negative articles about the El Paso Police Department and local officer-involved shootings.

Palafox’s doctor also told investigators that he suffered from anxiety and pain, and had marital issues, according to the report.

No officers were hurt in the exchange.

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