SAN ELIZARIO, Texas – A West Texas sheriff’s deputy was recovering Friday after being shot during an early morning traffic stop, authorities said.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office identified the deputy as Peter Herrera. He was wounded by gunfire around 1:50 a.m. Friday after he stopped a vehicle in San Elizario, southeast of El Paso along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Someone in the vehicle started shooting as Herrera approached the driver, the sheriff’s office said. Herrera did not return fire, and occupants of the vehicle fled on foot.
Two suspects were arrested a few blocks away, and authorities said deputies found the gun likely used in the shooting.
The suspects have not been identified, and officials haven’t named the charges pending against them.
Officials said Herrera was taken to an El Paso-area hospital where he underwent surgery.
Fellow deputies attending a blood drive Friday that was being held to benefit Herrera.
“We ask for your help and prayers for Deputy Herrera, his family and loved ones, and his brothers and sisters who serve our communities with pride,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.