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Veteran El Paso police officer shoots suspicious man with gun near Lower Valley school

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Police at the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the Lower Valley of El Paso.

EL PASO, Texas -- A veteran El Paso police officer shot and wounded a suspicious man with a gun who was wandering the grounds of Riverside High School, authorities said.

The officer-involved shooting happened shortly after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday near Hockney and Midway in the Lower Valley.

That's where police said they tracked a 23-year-old man who was spotted on the grounds of Riverside a short time earlier.

The man had a handgun and an approaching officer opened fire, shooting the man at least once and wounding him, a police spokesman said.

"We don't know the motive of what (the man) was doing. It's too early to tell," Sgt. Robert Gomez told ABC-7.

The man shot was taken to Del Sol Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries; he was listed in stable condition on Wednesday afternoon.

The officer, a 22-year veteran of EPPD, was placed on standard administrative leave while the incident is investigated by Texas Rangers.

Neither the names of the man shot or the officer were released by authorities.

Riverside High and Riverside Middle schools were on lockdown for a couple of hours due to the incident, police said.

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Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.

Saul Saenz

El Paso native Saul Saenz is a veteran reporter who also hosts ABC-7 Extra.



    1. OMG. ATX sounds like he is related to Patrick Crusius with that mentally. This racist rhetoric is what influenced him to drive 10 hours to come slaughter El Pasoans. Sir you are a pig and a coward for hiding behind a screen name. #kviatrollsgoaway

      1. OMG! Sounds more like you. Alberto aka Daniel Flores the delusional psycho troll. Big bigot and racist. BTW – You are a lying dog-faced pony soldier. lmao.

      2. Difference is I get pussy unlike Patrick, therefore I don’t go on racist rants on websites like this all day like you or drive 10 hours to cause harm to anyone.

  1. How’s that open-carry 2nd Amendment working for you registered Republican meth heads @ middle schools gun nuts?. That is the 2nd school grounds incursion during Spring Break in as many days.

    1. What a moron! Open carry only if you are qualified and have a Texas LTC license so that rules you out. Obviously the suspect was a 22-23 year old Latino not white and obviously not a Republican. No whites enrolled at Riverside High. You too are a lying dog-faced pony soldier. Fake news. BTW – The article mentions weapon not a gun. Only the police fired a gun hitting the suspect according to the article. The 2A works fine.

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