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Man who led police on chase in carjacked vehicle ending with I-10 gunfire is identified

UPDATE, Dec. 3: The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office on Friday identified the suspect killed in an exchange of gunfire with Socorro police as 27-year-old Aaron Salazar.

No further information was released as deputies said the investigation into Wednesday's chase and shooting was ongoing.

UPDATE, Dec. 2: The man who led authorities on a high-speed pursuit in a carjacked vehicle from Socorro that ended in a crash and an exchange of gunfire at I-10 and Joe Battle in El Paso died from his injuries on Thursday.

That's according to a spokesperson for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. The name of that suspect has still not been released.

The Sheriff's Office said the man died at Del Sol Hospital, where he was taken after being shot by Socorro police officers.

ORIGINAL REPORT, Dec. 1: EL PASO, Texas -- There was a massive police presence Wednesday morning at Interstate 10 and Joe Battle in east El Paso after a high-speed pursuit of a fleeing suspect in a carjacked vehicle came to an end with a crash and gunfire.

A red pickup truck driven by the suspect crashed into a commercial pickup truck, while it appeared an El Paso County Constable vehicle also crashed into a car at the scene.

Authorities said the 27-year-old man being chased had fired at police and bystanders on at least seven occasions during the pursuit, which stemmed from a domestic dispute; Socorro police fired shots back at the suspect at the I-10 crash site, but it was unknown if he was hit.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said the suspect and another person were transported from the scene to local hospitals; firefighters said one of the two victims had life-threatening injuries. It wasn't immediately known if their injuries were the result of the crash or gunshot wounds.

Officials didn't indicate who the second victim was, but added that no law enforcement personnel were hurt.

Authorities said the chase began after the man kept Socorro police at bay for about an hour following a domestic disturbance at a home on Camino de la Rosa Street in Socorro; the man then fled in a vehicle about 10:30 a.m.

Witnesses told ABC-7 they heard gunshots, saw the man get into a car to flee and observed police shooting at that individual, whose name wasn't released by authorities.

The suspect, according to police, was involved in two carjackings during his escape efforts before eventually crashing that second stolen vehicle - the red pickup truck - along I-10.

Texas Department of Transportation officials said as of the noon hour that the I-10 scene would be closed to traffic for at least several hours. It finally reopened just before 5 p.m.

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Jim Parker

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

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