Traffic stop at northeast intersection turns into shooting, police say

Officer involved shooting happened on Pollard street and Keltner Avenue in northeast El Paso on Thursday, April 20, 2017. (Credit: KFOX14/CBS4)

A traffic stop just before midnight Wednesday at Pollard Street and Keltner Avenue resulted in a shooting, police said.

Police pulled over a red Hyundai sedan just before midnight Wednesday for a traffic violation.

As one officer was speaking with the 35-year-old driver, the front seat passenger, a 25-year-old man, exited the vehicle and drew a handgun, police said.

A second officer who was on the passenger side of the sedan shot the 25-year-old man in the torso and leg, police said.

The man was taken to University Medical Center for treatment.

The man’s revolver was found at the scene along with illegal narcotics, police said.

The man faces a charge of aggravated assault on a public servant, and his identity will be released once he is booked into the county jail, police said.

A 19-year-old woman who was also in the car was not injured.

Police at the scene told KFOX14 the woman had two outstanding criminal warrants for delivery of a controlled substance.

A spokesman for the El Paso Police Department originally told KFOX14 there were three people in the car, a 25-year-old man, a woman and a 5-year-old boy.

The spokesman had said the 25-year-old was the driver and was moving suspiciously. When the man was asked to get out of the car, he did and pulled out a handgun.

The officer involved in the shooting was a four-year veteran with the northeast regional command center.

The shooting is being investigated by the Texas Rangers, the shooting review team and the crimes against persons unit.

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