Crime

BREAKING: Border Patrol agent stabbed in the eye dies, source tells ABC-7

EL PASO, Texas - The Border Patrol agent stabbed in the eye outside a Far East El Paso bar has died, according to El Paso Police.

Police said Hisaias Justo Lopez, 39, stabbed the off-duty agent, 30-year-old Isaac Morales, in the parking lot of the Union Drafthouse Bar on the 12000 block of Tierra Este.

Police charged Lopez with Criminal Attempted Murder. The charge will be upgraded to Murder. The stabbing happened shortly before 2 am on May 20, 2017.

Morales suffered life threatening injuries after he was stabbed in the eye, police said.

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"The victim, his girlfriend and another couple were walking to their cars when, without provocation, the offender initiated a confrontation," police said in a news release.

Police said Morales identified himself as a Border Patrol Agent, but Lopez still stabbed him several times.

Lopez "ran from the scene and was chased by the victim, his friend and other witnesses," police said, "While being chased, the offender turned and stabbed the victim in the face."

Witnesses caught up to Lopez a block away and held him until police arrived.

Agent Morales was transported to an area hospital, where he was listed in critical condition for days after the assault.

Lopez was booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility on a $500,000 bond. His mug shot is not being released at this time, police said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection El Paso sector sent ABC-7 this statement:

 "Agent Morales entered on duty with the U.S. Border Patrol February 18, 2008 as a member of border patrol academy class 749. Please join the Border Patrol in offering condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Agent Isaac Morales as they cope with this loss. We ask our community to keep Agent Morales's loved ones in their thoughts and prayers during the difficult days ahead."    


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