Crime

Police: Man kills girlfriend and her father, found dead after car crash

Emergency officials say shooter died in crash

Double murder in East El Paso

EL PASO, Texas - El Paso Police said Thursday the man who shot and killed his girlfriend and her father inside a Far East home was found dead moments later after a police pursuit.

Police said the shooting happened on the 14500 block of Ava Leigh Avenue around 4 a.m.

Officials did not tell ABC-7 the names of the victims, only saying that the daughter was 25 and her father was 45 years old. Police also said there were other people inside the house at the time of the shooting but that no one else was wounded.

The shooter fled the scene in a red truck and was being pursued by police when he crashed into a wall nearly five miles northwest of the double-murder scene, near the intersection of Eastbrook Drive and Rich Beem Boulevard, a few minutes later. 

Police said the shooter died at the scene, and that officers did not open fire on the shooter during the pursuit. He has not been identified. Police did not clarify whether the man died as a result of the crash or if he died from a self-inflicted wound. 

Martha Macias, who lives in the neighborhood where the crash happened, told ABC-7 she head a loud noise that sounded like a bomb.  

"We woke up, looked out the windows and the cops were already there, around 10 cops," Macias said, "They were just yelling 'get out of the truck, get out of the truck,' and once they looked through the window, I guess they saw he was not responding so they broke the window and started putting up red tape. I guess they saw he died right away." 

At this time, police are treating the investigation as a case of domestic violence. Neighbors who live near the home where the victims were shot and killed said there was no indication anything was wrong. 

Joshua Lunn, a neighbor who spoke with ABC-7, said "It's really unfortunate in a situation like this where it was relatively something simple: a relationship dispute gone wrong. It's disheartening and tragic." 


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