EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — A rookie EPPD officer fired his weapon at a pair of teenage robbery suspects late Saturday, hitting one of them at least one time.
El Paso Police confirm the 9-month EPPD veteran was dispatched to the 7-Eleven store in the 2000 block of N. Piedras at Lebanon around 11 p.m. Saturday nights to reports of an armed robbery in progress. The call was initiated by plain-clothes tactical officers working an investigation in the area.
Upon arrival, at least two suspects began running east along Lebanon Avenue. At some point, according to the police spokesperson, the uniformed rookie officer fired shots during a confrontation, striking the suspect at least once.
The victim, identified as a 17-year-old male, was taken to University Medical Center with serious injuries.
A second suspect, identified as a 17-year-old female, was taken into custody at the scene. El Paso Police believe there may be an additional robbery suspect at large but are staying tight-lipped about information regarding that person’s identity or description.
The robbery happened just hours after a similar robbery occurred just miles away at the Auto Zone in the 8500 block of Dyer. Police say it’s a possibility the two incidents are connected but say they’re not ready to make the determination at the early stages of their investigation.
El Paso Police’s Crimes Against Person’s Unit is investigating the aggravated robbery. EPPD’s Internal Affairs Division and the Texas Rangers are investigating the officer-involved shooting aspect of the incident. As is the protocol in all officer-involved shootings, the EPPD officer is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
El Paso Police will have Lebanon Avenue, parts of N. Raynor Street, and N. San Marcial Street from Louisville to Lebanon closed until mid-afternoon.
Police are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Central El Paso. The incident began around 11 p.m. in the 2000 block of Piedras Street at Lebanon the 7-Eleven convenience store.
Emergency dispatchers confirm one person was taken to the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.
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