This undated photo provided by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office shows Facundo Chavez. El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Peter Herrera, who was critically wounded Friday, March 22, 2019, in a shooting during a traffic stop, has died, the sheriff’s office said. Chavez, 27, has been booked into the El Paso County Jail without bond on multiple charges. (El Paso County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Texas sheriff's deputy shot during traffic stop dies

March 24, 2019 - 11:15 pm

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A West Texas sheriff's deputy, who was critically wounded Friday in a shooting during a traffic stop, has died.

The El Paso County Sheriff's office confirmed the death of Deputy Peter Herrera in a statement on Facebook. It gave no further details.

Authorities had said on Friday that they expected Herrera to survive the shooting because he was wearing a protective vest.

Herrera was shot around 1:50 a.m. Friday after stopping a vehicle in San Elizario, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of El Paso along the U.S.-Mexico border. Authorities say a man in the vehicle started shooting after the deputy asked the driver to step out of the car.

The suspected gunman, 27-year-old Facundo Chavez, was initially booked on an attempted capital murder charge.

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