The man suspected of shooting an El Paso Police Officer in South El Paso was taken into custody just after 8 p.m. Tuesday night, according to El Paso Police Spokesman Sgt. Robert Gomez.
The shooting happened around 12:10 p.m. Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of North Seville Driveand Sambrano Avenue, about a mile east of Fox Plaza. The yet-unnamed suspect was taken into custody at a home along the 100 block of North Clark, shortly after 8 p.m.
According to initial information, the officers were investigating reports of a suspicious person in the neighborhood when the man, only identified as a Hispanic male, fired at least one shot toward the officer as he was inside his vehicle. The officer was shot in his hand and transported to University Medical Center where he was treated and released hours later.
EPPD says officers returned fire during the initial incident and the suspect fled from the scene and into the neighborhood.
The search for the suspect forced a massive manhunt and closure of Alameda Avenue and a lockout of Cooley Elementary on Clark and Alameda. Just after 3 p.m., EPISD officials were able to arrange for buses to transport the students from Cooley Elementary to nearby Henderson Middle School.
According to police, approximately eight hours after the beginning of the manhunt, they were forced to use gas to enter a residence and take the suspect into custody. No officers were hurt during the suspect’s apprehension.
El Paso Police are working the the Texas Rangers, and are also conducting two internal investigation into the officer involved shooting. The identity of the suspect is expected to be released Wednesday.
Officers expect to be investigating the incident through the night, but said they expect Cooley Elementary to return to normal schedule on Wednesday. They are asking residents who live within the immediate perimeter to seek alternate housing arrangements for the evening if possible.
Gallery by Steve Zimmerman, El Paso Herald Post
UPDATE: EPPD gives briefing on officer involved shooting in the Lower Valley. Suspect caught! Full Details – https://elpasoheraldpost.com/suspect-in-south-el-paso-officer-involved-shooting-in-custody/
Posted by El Paso Herald-Post on Tuesday, December 11, 2018
An Eastside neighborhood was on edge as El Paso Police Department officers exchanged gunfire with man in the parking lot of the Pebble Hills Regional Command Center.
According to EPPD Sgt. Enrique Carillo, at 12:27 Wednesday afternoon, a call went out over dispatch concerning a person with a gun.
Officers at the station found an unnamed suspect in the parking lot of the Pebble Hills Regional Command Center; for some unknown reason gunfire was exchanged.
Several officers were involved in the incident, however EPPD officials would not detail the number or their involvement.
The suspect died at the scene, of gun shot wounds. No officers were injured. Sgt. Carrillo adds that investigators are checking to see if this incident is related to calls EPPD received earlier Wednesday.
“I wasn’t sure what it was at first,” recounted Maria, who was still near the scene of this afternoon’s officer involved shooting. “But you could see what it was quickly. Gun shots.”
Maria adds, “…I’m still shook by it. I just pray for everyone to be ok.”
According to the police department the Pebble Hills Regional Command Center, and it’s parking lot had to be closed for several hours as the bomb squad works to check the dead man’s vehicle.
Crimes Against Persons and the Texas Rangers are investigating this incident.
The El Paso Police Department (EPPD), in conjunction with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), is now accepting applications for the next Citizen’s Academy, which begins September 25, 2018.
The Citizens Academy is designed to educate students about the many safety challenges Texans face every day and how law enforcement organizations function on a daily basis to protect and serve their community.
The 11-week academy will introduce students to the various programs and services provided by law enforcement, and will provide interactive, hands-on education during weekly meetings.
A total of 14-classes will be held over the 11-week period, all scheduled for Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 9:00 p.m, with an additional three Saturday morning classes as well.
Participants in the academy will learn about the different services each agency offers.
This year’s academy will include topics such as: patrol procedures, SWAT, the crime lab, aircraft operation, border operations, K-9 units, crash investigations, criminal investigations and an overview of use of force topics.
Via news release, EPPD officials shared, “We are also excited to announce the addition of the BorderRAC (Regional Advisory Council) to our team. Staff from the BorderRAC will be joining us during one class session to provide a “Stop the Bleed” class to our students…that day will also include a presentation on the CRASE program (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events).
The academy will be held at various locations throughout the El Paso area. The public and the media are invited to submit an application to participate in the academy.
The Citizen’s Academy will accept no more than 30 students, and each student must commit to attend at least 11 of the 14 classes to graduate.
Applications are available online or may be picked up at any EPPD Regional Command or the DPS Office, located at 11612 Scott Simpson.
Completed applications can be returned to any regional command, the Texas DPS Office on Scott Simpson or scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions regarding this upcoming Citizens Academy should be forwarded to:
EPPD Contact: Det. Mike Baranyay at 915-212-4312 or email at email@example.com
DPS Contact: Sgt. Jaime Aburto at 915-849-4001 or email at Jaime.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Texas Department of Transportation El Paso District is launching a new partnership this week with Walmart and the El Paso Police Department. Under the collaboration, the group will provide child car seat inspections at local Walmart superstore locations.
“This is the first time we have joined forces with Walmart,” said TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist Monica O’Kane. “The partnership enhances our outreach and allows us to leverage our resources and help more people.”
Walmart Market Asset Production Manager Elsa Garcia says the agency cooperation aligns with Walmart’s mission to work as a team and give back to the communities they serve.
“Our children are our future and keeping them safe is one of our community priorities,” said Garcia. “We invite our customers to join us at a car seat event to ensure they’re doing all they can to keep their children safe in their vehicles.”
“A true team effort, we are proud to partner with TxDOT and Walmart who are providing child safety seats and hosting city wide events for this very important drive to help ensure child safety in vehicles through the proper use of child safety seats,” said Sgt. Enrique Carrillo with the El Paso Police Department Public Relations Office.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car seats and boosters provide protection for infants and children in a crash, yet car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13.
“Having a child safety seat isn’t enough,” added O’Kane. “There are age specific seats and each must be installed correctly to be effective. Sometimes parents are not aware, our safety events assist with this.”
Safety checks at Walmart superstore locations across the city have been scheduled over the summer. Each two-hour session is first come, first served and children must be present. The first event is this Friday, June 8th.
- June 8 9441 Alameda 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
- June 13 13900 Horizon Blvd. 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
- June 15 10727 Gateway West 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
- July 13 7555 Mesa 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
- August 3 4530 Woodrow Bean 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
- August 17 1850 N Zaragoza 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office warned citizens of El Paso County of a telephone scam that has claimed several victims.
Several people around El Paso County have received phone calls from a person claiming to be a deputy of the “Sheriff’s Office”. The scammer claims that a jury summons was ignored and that there is a warrant for arrest for Jury duty Non-Attendance.
The victim is then told to buy Money Trax cards for various amounts of money. The scammer often asks the victim to purchase two or more cards, to have the warrant recalled and a way to pay for the warrants. The victim also asks the victim to meet him at 3850 Justice Rd. or 500 E. San Antonio in order to give him the money card.
Then, after the victim purchases the money cards, the scammer claims that he/she cannot meet and requests the serial numbers displayed on the money cards so that the warrant can be taken care of. Those numbers are then turned into cash by the scammer depriving the victim of the money.
Victor Ramirez who is a Supervisor of Jury Selection at the El Paso County Courthouse advised our investigators that they will never call anyone by phone to advise them that they missed Jury Duty.
The Sheriff’s Office would also like to remind citizens that they will never be contacted by phone requesting payment for outstanding criminal warrants.
Victims of these scams are asked to contact the proper authorities; the El Paso Police Department non-emergency number is 915-832-4400 and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number is 915-832-4408.
The El Paso Police Department’s Gang unit has reactivated the use of the Gang Tip line.
According to EPPD officials, the department’s Gang Unit has seen an increase in the number of Gangs and an increase in the number of gang related cases during the first nine months of 2016, as compared to 2014 and 2015.
The reactivation of the gang tip line is a proactive approach in an attempt to address these current issues.
EPPD Gang Unit Sgt. Natividad says, “The tip line was very beneficial to the gang unit several years ago. With the increase in the number of gangs and gang related activity, it just makes sense to reactivate the tip line for the El Paso community.”
In September of 2014 there were 313 confirmed gangs in El Paso, in September 2015 that number had risen to 318, and in September of 2016 that number climbed to 324.
The number of gang related cases has increased through September 2016 to 254, compared to 220 during this same time period in 2015.
Residents wishing to report Gang related information via the Gang Tip Line can do so anonymously. Citizens need to call (915) 212-GANG (4264) and leave their tip. Those who wish to identify themselves may do that as well on the recorded message.
The El Paso Police Department announced Monday afternoon the death of one of their own, after a multi-car crash last week on the city’s Eastside.
In a brief statement to the press, EPPD officials said Officer David Ortiz died Monday afternoon from injuries he sustained on March 10, 2016. Officer Ortiz was struck from behind while at a traffic light along the 1500 block of Lee Trevino.
Prior to his time with the EPPD, Officer Ortiz worked with the Horizon City Police Department. In a Facebook statement, HCPD officials shared the following:
There is a huge void in our hearts and it saddens us to say that today we lost one of our own. Some of us have been very fortunate to have been a part of his life. Officer David “Little Dave” Ortiz will be terribly missed. He was a great Officer and true friend to many. We will always love you brother and will never forget you. Rest In Peace!
Chief Michael McConnell
Assistant Chief Manuel Rico and the men and women of the Horizon City Police Department
Information on services for Officer Ortiz have not been released; however, a GoFundMe account was set up by Officer Ortiz’s family, and can be accessed HERE.
Officer Ortiz is the 31st Officer to be killed in the line of duty with the El Paso Police Department.