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Texas sheriff’s deputy shot during traffic stop dies

Associated PressMarch 25, 2019
This undated photo provided by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office shows Facundo Chavez. A West Texas sheriff’s deputy was critically wounded Friday, March 22, 2019, after being shot multiple times during a traffic stop, but authorities credited the body armor with saving his life. Chavez, 27, has been booked into the El Paso County Jail without bond on multiple charges, including attempted capital murder of the peace officer. (El Paso County Sheriff's Office via AP)
This undated photo provided by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office shows Facundo Chavez. A West Texas sheriff’s deputy was critically wounded Friday, March 22, 2019, after being shot multiple times during a traffic stop, but authorities credited the body armor with saving his life. Chavez, 27, has been booked into the El Paso County Jail without bond on multiple charges, including attempted capital murder of the peace officer. (El Paso County Sheriff's Office via AP)

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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