Police say it started with a honked horn at a stoplight and ended with gunshots being fired, and now officials tell ABC-7 the man behind bars as a result of that ” road rage ” incident is ironically a jail detention officer.
Gabriel Correa, 46, is being held on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following Tuesday’s confrontation with another motorist.
Officials on Thursday confirmed that Correa has been employed by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office since 2008 as a detention officer. He’s been placed on administrative without pay, according to a sheriff’s spokesperson.
Police allege Correa pulled out a gun and fired at 28-year-old Xavier Burnette in a far east El Paso neighborhood because he was upset that Burnette honked at him when a stoplight tuned green.
Burnette wasn’t hit, but investigators said a bullet he fired had struck a nearby home in the 12200 block of Montana. No one at the home was injured either.