Deputy is responsive, aware following traffic stop shooting, association says

El Paso News
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An El Paso County sheriff’s deputy is “responsive and aware of his surroundings” after being shot during an overnight traffic stop, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Officers Association.

As KTSM previously reported, the shooting happened at about 2 a.m. near the 1000 block of Chicken Ranch Road. 

Deputy Peter Herrera was shot multiple times, including once to the head. El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles told KTSM that the bullet missed the Herrera’s brain.

“The family of Deputy Herrera would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and generosity,” the association wrote in the Facebook post.

Facundo Chavez, 27, is in jail in connection with the incident. A second suspect, a woman whose name has not yet been released, was also reportedly involved.

The El Paso community is coming together to raise money to help cover Herrera’s hospital expenses. To contribute, click HERE.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office held a blood drive Friday afternoon, in which 60 units of blood were collected.

Additional blood drives are also scheduled to take place Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Cielo Vista Mall.

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