Document names Texas man shot and killed by law enforcement after killing K-9 agent

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — A man who killed a canine agent before law enforcement shot and killed him knew full well that the guns he was selling would be trafficked to Mexico, according to a federal criminal complaint.

The complaint affidavit, filed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) against Paul Jarvis, 63, accuses him of engaging in business without a federal firearms license.

Law enforcement has not released his name, but it was listed on the federal warrant filed Monday and obtained by KTSM. The address on the warrant matches the location where multiple law enforcement agencies on Tuesday executed an arrest and search warrant for a suspected arms dealer.

Agent Bulder with BORTAC

Spokesmen with the El Paso Police Department and ATF confirmed that the law enforcement officers and agents encountered the suspect in the backyard, at which point he opened fire. Law enforcement returned fire, killing the suspect. During the exchange, the suspect shot and killed Bulder, a Border Patrol K-9 agent with the Border Patrol Tactical Unit.

Police, ATF, FBI and Border Patrol all coordinated on the Tuesday morning raid.

According to court documents, a “cooperating defendant” was recently arrested with a gun they say they obtained from Jarvis. That same person told investigators they had bought about 30 guns from Jarvis during the past year.

The defendant also said Jarvis made the weapons at his home and would then resell them without the serial number, the documents state. Investigators also obtained communications, photos, and videos from the defendant, which showed guns, silencers and plans to complete transactions for the firearms.

The cooperating defendant told investigators that Jarvis knew that the guns he sold would be trafficked to Juarez, the affidavit said.

El Paso Police officers watched the house on Capricorn and saw vehicles that matched the description given by the defendant. Meanwhile, ATF agents found that there was no record of Jarvis owning a federal firearms license according to a database.

Investigators from all the agencies involved in the deadly raid are still investigating the home where Jarvis and Bulder were killed.

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