South Central El Paso residents react to officer-involved shooting

El Paso News

A man suspected of shooting an El Paso police officer is in custody. Ricardo Cereceres, 41, was booked in the El Paso County Detention Facility charged with two counts of Criminal Attempt Capital Murder and a felony probation warrant. 

The shooting happened around noon on Tuesday near the 5800 block of Alameda. Nearby witnesses and business owners saw what happened and describe the scene. 

Jaime Cobos, JJ Tools business owner, said he heard four gun shots and went to see what was happening outside to see the suspect running from officers.

“He was already turning and he dropped his phone and a little more forward he dropped his backpack, I was able to pick up the stuff and I took them to the cops.”

According to police, Cereceres ran and discarded property contained in a bag, but the containments of the bag is undisclosed. 

Cobos said the near area on Alameda is generally a calm area with little problems of burglary or crime. 

A nearby elementary school, Cooley, was put on lockdown as a safety measure when the shooting occurred on Tuesday.

KTSM spoke to a mother who was dropping her son off Tuesday right when the chaos happened.

“We all took over I took off in my car and I saw them pushing my son into the school right away because all the kids were outside, they had just gotten off the school bus and I drove off as fast as I could,” Renee Carreon said.

The students were taken to a nearby middle school for parents to pick up on. Carreon says the process took a little over an hour but she was able to pick her son up around 4 p.m. on Tuesday from Henderson Middle. 

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