Suspect shot and killed after gunning down Border Patrol K-9 during morning raid

Texas

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in a shooting that left a wanted man and a Border Patrol canine dead on Tuesday morning in Northeast El Paso.

Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in a shooting that left a wanted man and a Border Patrol canine dead on Tuesday morning in Northeast El Paso. Courtesy EPPD

The El Paso Police Department said the shooting happened about 6 a.m. at a home in the 4500 block of Capricorn Drive.

Police said officers and agents encountered a 62-year-old man in the backyard while executing an arrest and search warrant.

A police spokesman said the man shot at law enforcement, who returned fire and killed the man. During the exchange of gunfire, the suspect shot and killed a canine with the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC).

This all happened within seconds, said Sgt. Robert Gomez, an El Paso police spokesman.

The federal warrant was being executed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The name of the suspect has not been released, but an ATF spokesman said the warrant for his arrest was for firearms violations regarding the dealing and manufacturing firearms without a federal firearms license.

“It was a multi-agency investigation. As a result of the investigation, we received intelligence that the individual that was the subject of this arrest warrant was armed and a danger to the community. That’s the reason we engaged with our other partners in law enforcement — state, local and federal — in the service of this search warrant.”

The El Paso Police Department, FBI and a BORTAC unit assist in the execution of the warrant, Gomez said.

Two women were in the house but they were not injured and they were not arrested. None of the other law enforcement agents and officers were injured.

No other information is available at this time. KTSM will update this story once more information is made available.

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