EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The man accused of shooting a West Texas sheriff's deputy faces an upgraded charge after the lawman died over the weekend.
El Paso Magistrate Judge Penny Hamilton said Monday that 27-year-old Facundo Chavez was rebooked on a capital murder charge. Chavez was initially booked on a count of attempted murder.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office confirmed Sunday that 35-year-old deputy Peter Herrera died after being shot Friday during a traffic stop.
Authorities say a man in vehicle Herrera stopped fired 15 shots at the deputy after he asked the driver to step out of a car in San Elizario, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of El Paso.
While officials initially expected him to survive, Herrera's widow said on Facebook his condition worsened Saturday.