Deputy Sheriff Peter Herrera

Deputy Sheriff Peter Herrera

El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, March 24, 2019

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Peter Herrera

Deputy Sheriff Peter Herrera succumbed to wounds sustained when he was shot after pulling over a vehicle in San Elizario at 1:50 am.

He had stopped the vehicle for a registration violation near the corner of Chicken Ranch Road and Socorro Road. He approached the car and asked the driver to step out. As the driver exited the vehicle he fired 15 rounds, striking Deputy Herrera multiple times. Deputy Herrara did not have an opportunity to draw his own weapon.

The driver and the passenger then fled the scene in the vehicle, but it stalled out several blocks away. The two then fled on foot but were located and apprehended a short time later by responding deputies. The driver was charged with capital murder and the passenger was also charged with other crimes in connection with Deputy Herrara's murder.

A civilian and members of the U.S. Border Patrol and El Paso County Sheriff's Office provided aid to Deputy Herrera. He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition where he succumbed to his wounds two days later.

Deputy Herrera had served with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office for 11 years. He is survived by his wife.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 4928

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, March 22, 2019
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Charged with capital murder

traffic stop

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Widow of Deputy Peter Herrera training to become part El Paso County Sheriff's Office

Posted on January 31st 2020 KFOX14

EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14/CBS4) - The widow of a fallen El Paso County Sheriff’s deputy is following in the footsteps of her late husband.

Ashley Herrera was in a detention officer’s uniform at Friday’s event alongside Sheriff Richard Wiles.

Deputy Peter Herrera was slain in March 2019 during a traffic stop.

Wiles announced at the event that the agency will participate in National Police Week hosted in Washington, D.C. in May 2020.

Ashley is honoring her husband's legacy by serving the community the same way he did.

“The widow – Deputy Herrera’s widow – is now in our detention officer academy. After her husband passed away, she wanted to follow in his footsteps, and she applied and got into our academy and is going through training right now. We think that’s really important to help her heal and give some peace to her family and Peter’s family.”

Peter was one of the 114 law enforcement officers from around the nation who lost their lives last year.

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February 2, 2020

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