Deputy Sheriff Peter John Herrera

Deputy Sheriff Peter John Herrera

El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, March 24, 2019

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Peter John 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.

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.

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. The man who shot Deputy Herrera was convicted of lesser charges and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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 Sentenced to 15 years

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Fallen Deputy Peter John Herrera was the youngest of Our children, left are his older brother Louie, Sister Melissa and his nephew Damian. Our Son Peter was God's Warrior for peace , An Avenger against evil. Proud to Serve and Protect this County of El Paso Texas. We miss him dearly. Thankyou Son for your service. Every life is a story! Thankyou Son for being part of ours. Love you always, never forgotten!

Esther Hijar Herrera

October 16, 2022

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