An El Paso man was arrested over the weekend in Louisiana for allegedly shooting and wounding a Louisiana State Police trooper.
Robert Daniel Armendariz, 21, of El Paso, and Fabian Cruz Herrera, 20, of Houston, were arrested in the shooting that occurred during a traffic stop for speeding on Saturday on I-10 East near Ramah, La.
When the trooper told the driver, Armendariz, to get out of the van, he stepped out and immediately started shooting at the trooper, according to state police. The trooper was hit twice as he tried to take cover behind his patrol car.
Armendariz and Herrera were caught near Henderson, La. The trooper, who was not named, suffered injuries to his abdomen and leg that are not life-threatening. He was released from a Baton Rouge hospital Sunday morning, according to The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge, La.
State police plan to charge Armendariz with one count of Attempted First Degree Murder of a Police Officer. Herrera will be charged with Accessory to Attempted First Degree Murder of a Police Officer, officials said.
Louisiana State Police officials told The Advocate they are not sure what sparked the shooting because a search of the van Armendariz and Herrera were in did not find anything that shows why the alleged shooter began firing.