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El Paso man heads to court for 2011 standoff

By: Ruben Veloz

EL PASO, Texas-- The trial of a man who's accused of assaulting an El Paso Sheriff's deputy begins today.

Fernando Lavenant allegedly led deputies on an eight hour manhunt on September 15, 2011, and was shot four times by deputies before finally being caught.

Lavenant is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one charge of aggravated assault against a public servant, and one count of evading arrest.

That's only four of the ten charges Lavenant faces after assaulting and escaping from an El Paso County sheriff's deputy.

It started after deputies had arrested Lavenant for not showing up in court.

That's when authorities say he managed to overpower the deputy, and assaulted him inside of his unmarked unit outside of the La Feria supermarket in Canutillo.

Lavenant is accused of taking off in the unmarked unit after the assault, taking the deputy's firearms, bulletproof vest, and several other items.

After searching west El Paso County for several hours, law enforcement eventually tracked the wanted fugitive at a mobile home in Vinton.

As KFOX14 reported authorities say Lavenant came out, and held a weapon.

Deputies shot Lavenant four times, leaving him in critical condition.

Lavenant would survive his injuries.

Two days after the standoff, investigators recovered the stolen items after finding the stash at an abandoned mobile home in Canutillo.

The trial is expected to start at 9 a.m. at the El Paso County court house at 500 E. San Antonio Ave.

Lavenant has been in jail since the shootout took place.



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