UPDATE: El Paso police have identified the man who was shot by police officers last week after he was spotted throwing rocks at a vehicle that was stopped at a red light along Montana.
Jose Rene Palacios Renderos, age 51 of El Salvador, was spotted throwing rocks along Montana at its intersection with Laurel just after midnight on october 7th.
Officers told him to stop but Renderos continued to throw rocks and hit an officer.
An officer discharged his duty gun. Police say officers approached the man to give him aid and to arrest him but he continued throwing rocks after being shot and he hit an officer in the head.
Renderos was taken to the hospital in stable condition and was later arrested on a charge of aggravated assault on a public servant.
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The El Paso Police Dept. is currently investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place shortly after midnight on Friday in Central El Paso.
Police say the incident occurred near the 1900 block of Montana Ave. near Laurel St., resulting in at least two people, including one officer, being taken to the hospital.
According to a spokesperson for the El Paso Police Dept., two officers were on Montana Ave. having a discussion with three individuals when they saw a man in the street throwing rocks at a passing vehicle.
The officers then turned their attention to the man in the street, believed to be around 51 years old, and confronted him about throwing rocks.
The EPPD spokesperson tells KTSM that the officers reported the man then started to throw rocks at them, forcing the officers to “use their weapon and discharge shots into the subject.”
The officers did render aid on the scene, according to EPPD, before the man was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. One of the officers was also taken to the hospital after being struck by a rock, but that officer is reportedly in stable condition.
The Dept. has confirmed both officers will be placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated, which is standard procedure.
El Paso Police have also confirmed to KTSM that the three individuals originally speaking to the officers were stopped for an unrelated reason and will now be considered witnesses to this incident.
We will continue to monitor this story on-air and online throughout the day.