Man leads El Paso Police on car chase after officer-involved shooting

El Paso News

An officer-involved shooting turned into a car chase, which ended with a crash in the Lower Valley on Thursday.

The incident began outside of a library in the 9300 block of Alameda and ended at the intersection of Alameda and Old Pueblo, a police spokesman said.

The first incident was at about 2:55 a.m. when officers saw a “suspicious” vehicle outside the library. They pulled the car over in the parking lot of a Walmart.

During the traffic stop shots were fired by one officer. No one was injured but the suspect drove away.

After a short chase down Alameda, in which the suspect hit an ambulance, the car finally crashed at Old Pueblo.

A Hispanic man in his 50s was arrested and taken to an area hospital with injuries he sustained during the crash and arrest. His injuries are non-life threatening.

The incident is being investigated by the Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons unit and Internal Affairs, as well as the Texas Rangers, which is standard in officer-involved shootings.

The officers involved also have been placed on administrative leave, which is also standard procedure for officer-involved shootings. 

Police said the road may be closed for six to eight hours as they investigate the three different scenes. 

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