UPDATE, Feb. 4: El Paso police said Thursday a fugitive who was shot and wounded after nearly striking an officer with his car last month has been arrested and booked into jail following his release from the hospital.
Authorities for the first time identified him as 32–year old Alejandro Fernandez.
Police said Fernandez was being held on $600,00 bond in the El Paso County Detention Facility on multiple charges including six counts of Aggravated Assault Against a Public Servant and Evading Arrest or Detention with a Motor Vehicle.
ORIGINAL REPORT, Jan. 15: EL PASO, Texas -- A late morning officer-involved shooting in south central El Paso sent a 30-year-old man to the hospital with serious injuries in what was the second case of police gunfire at suspects on Friday.
The latest incident happened in the 6000 block of Tejas just before 11 a.m.
Police said gang unit officers approached the home of a wanted man with an outstanding arrest warrant; the fugitive then pulled out in a car to flee and police fired on him after he nearly struck an officer, a spokesman said.
The man, whose identity was not released, was hit by the gunfire and suffered life-threatening injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital.
Authorities did not provide any details about the criminal charges for which the man was being sought.
Another officer-involved shooting happened earlier Friday morning in west El Paso, when a gunman who threatened I-10 motorists was shot and killed during a police confrontation.
According to a database maintained by the Texas Attorney General's Office, the El Paso Police Department reported a total of four officer-involved shootings last year.