Texas deputy critical after being shot in head during traffic stop

One of the people in the vehicle got out of the car during the stop and opened fire

By PoliceOne Staff

EL PASO, Texas - A sheriff’s deputy was shot in the head during a traffic stop.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Peter Herrera pulled over a vehicle Friday morning when one of the people in the vehicle got out and opened fire, the El Paso Times reports.

Herrera was struck several times, including the back of the head, and rushed to a local hospital where he is in critical, but stable condition.

Two suspects in the vehicle were found about two blocks away from the shooting and were arrested. Investigators also found the gun allegedly used in the shooting.

The officer did not fire any shots.

The shooting is currently under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers and the sheriff’s office.


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