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EL PASO, Texas — An El Paso County Sheriff's Office deputy has died — days after being shot multiple times during a traffic stop.

At approximately 1:50 a.m., on Friday, March 22, 2019, El Paso County Sheriff's Office deputy Peter Herrera was conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle for a light violation in the San Elizario area of El Paso County, about 25 miles southeast of El Paso, Texas.

A sheriff's office spokesperson says a man inside that vehicle opened fire — striking Herrera multiple times and at least once in the head.

On Sunday evening, the sheriff's office says Herrera succumb to his injuries.

"It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of our brother Deputy Peter Herrera," read a statement, in part, from the sheriff's office. "We ask for your continued prayers and support for Deputy Herrera, his wife, his family and friends during their time of need."

The alleged shooter, identified by police as 27-year-old Facundo Chavez, was captured after he fled the scene of the shooting. He is being held on a $1.5 million bond for capital murder and a $20,000 bond for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, according to jail records.

A woman who was also in the vehicle was taken into custody and later released.

A sheriff's office spokesperson also says the incident was captured on the officer's body worn camera and in-vehicle dash camera.

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