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Friday, March 8, 2013 - 10:55pm
Downtown El Paso — It was business as usual at the El Paso County Detention Center today, but last night, that same block was an active crime scene. Police taped off the streets surrounding the jail, as they investigated a deadly shooting.
Investigators say an El Paso Police officer was walking a prisoner out of the jail to be seen for an unknown medical condition, when the two began to scuffle.
Police say the confrontation escalated, then the officer fired several rounds at the prisoner, who died shortly after at a nearby hospital.
According to police, the inmate was a 37 year-old Hispanic man, who was being booked for multiple violent charges -- assault on a public servant, assault bodily injury, assault, and injury to an elderly.
Last night's shooting is El Paso's third fatal law enforcement shooting of the year.
Earlier this month, three El Paso police officers and one Border Patrol agent shot and killed a Michigan man wanted on aggravated robbery warrants, after he led officers on a high speed chase and reportedly shot at them on Paisano.
In January, US Marshals shot and killed 30 year-old Juan Carlos Olivas at an apartment complex in West El Paso, claiming that Olivas tried to run officers over with his car.
El Paso Police have not released the names of the inmate or the officer who shot him, or information on what type of medical problem the inmate was experiencing when the officer led him out of the county jail.