Wanted man shot dead after opening fire on deputies, border agents

Mauricio Hernandez, 31. (Courtesy EPCSO)

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — El Paso County Sheriff’s deputies and Border Patrol agents shot and killed a wanted man who opened fire on authorities Tuesday in Far East El Paso.

Investigators said deputies tried to pull over Mauricio Hernandez, 31, who had several warrants. That is when they say Hernandez drove off into a desert area and began shooting at deputies.

Deputies requested assistance from the Border Patrol, which sent agents from the Special Operations Group.

Deputies and agents located Hernandez about 4:30 p.m. in the Montana Vista area about a block from Mountain View High School. (Schools in the area closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

Hernadez allegedly shot at deputies and agents using an assault-style rifle. Deputies and agents immediately returned fire, striking Hernandez.

The sheriff’s office says Hernandez was rushed to the hospital where he later died. No law enforcement officers were injured.

This incident is under investigation by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and supported by CBP’s Use of Force Incident Team.

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