EL PASO, Texas -

A Border Patrol agent is behind bars after being accused of threatening his family with a gun and shooting the family dog.

Las Cruces Police arrested 44-year-old Carmelo Diaz Wednesday evening.

Police say his wife and two children ran to a neighbor's house after he allegedly threatened to kill the whole family.

Officials say he also grabbed his wife by the throat and pinned her against a wall.

Police say the family's dog was put down because it was paralyzed as a result of the gunshot.

Diaz is facing several charges, among them extreme animal cruelty and aggravated assault.