The El Paso County sheriff’s deputy who was shot during a San Elizario traffic stop on Friday died at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, according to El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles.
“He was a great man who was looked up to by many,” Wiles said solemnly at a news conference. “We suffered a tremendous loss today. Not just his family, but each and every member of this agency and the community as a whole.”
As KTSM reported, the shooting happened at about 2 a.m. near the 1000 block of Chicken Ranch Road.
Police say Facundo Chavez, 27, allegedly shot Deputy Peter Herrera multiple times, including once in the head.
Chavez is charged with capital murder of a peace officer and unlawful possession of firearm by felon.
According to Sheriff Wiles, the department is seeking the death penalty.
Wiles says Herrera was a deputy for the past five or six years, and had been with the department for more than a decade.
A police escort leading Deputy Herrera’s body from Del Sol to the El Paso County Office of the Medical Examiner where it is expected they will perform the autopsy. pic.twitter.com/Y81J5TOHsC— Stephanie A. Shields (@StephA_Shields) March 25, 2019
“Our hearts are heavy and there are no words to help his family in this difficult time,” the El Paso Fallen Officers Memorial Foundation wrote in a Facebook post. “We ask that you keep his family and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department in your prayers.”