Traffic Stop Turns into Gunfight with Texas State Trooper
JUNCTION, TX — Texas DPS pulled over a suspect in the investigation of the murder of a 7-Eleven clerk in El Paso that happened at 5:38 a.m. in El Paso, according to the DPS.
According to a press release from the El Paso sector Texas DPS, their investigation revealed 25-year-old Arbin Iglesias was the victim of capital murder during a robbery, and his truck was stolen by the suspect who drove east. He was, until later this morning, at-large.
Iglesias was a 7-Eleven convenience store clerk who was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound. The investigation revealed the killing happened during a robbery of he store. The victim’s truck was stolen by the suspect.
At the onset of the investigation, detectives believed with reasonable certainty that the offender had fled El Paso County and was traveling east. A nationwide lookout was broadcast with the offender’s description and the victim’s vehicle information.
The stolen vehicle was a 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, gray in color. It has been confirmed through the San Angelo sector DPS that the suspect and the Chevy Colorado discovered near Junction were a result of the El Paso robbery and murder.
This morning, police radio traffic indicated the suspect may be in the region.
This afternoon, Texas DPS confirmed that the suspect in the El Paso murder investigation was involved in a gunfight with a Texas DPS trooper on I-10 near Junction.
According to the DPS, at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday morning, Feb. 20, a DPS trooper initiated a traffic stop involving a grey Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck on I-10 in Kimble County.
As the trooper approached the vehicle, the driver began firing gun shots at the Trooper.
As the trooper returned fire, the suspect vehicle fled and the trooper pursued.
Kimble County Deputies assisted in the pursuit after the suspect also fired rounds in their direction.
The pursuit ended a short time later when the driver of the vehicle was found deceased from a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound.
DPS confirmed that man found dead was a suspect in the El Paso murder investigation.
The Texas Rangers have taken over the investigation, stated the DPS. The DPS trooper was not injured.
Updated 8:40 p.m. Updated to include details of the murder and robbery in El Paso that was connected to the gunfight near Junction.
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