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Update: Man who fired shots at officer at downtown hotel identified

By: Jesse Martinez, Gina Benitez
EL PASO, Texas -- Police said a man is in custody after he fired two rounds at an officer responding to a disturbance call at a hotel in downtown El Paso.

"You just hear shots, I knew they were gunshots, and then all the sudden there were a couple parking police nearby, and their cars lit up, and all the sirens started and they took out," said Ralph Stich who was buying tickets at the Plaza.

Police said they responded to the disturbance call at the DeSoto Hotel, located on the 300 block of Mills Avenue.

"Of course with all these tall buildings out here, things echo a lot so you didn't really know where it was coming from," Stich said.

When the officer met the suspect on the third floor, the man answered the door and fired one round at the officer without notice, police said. The officer was able to take cover before the suspect fired a second round, police said.

Police said the suspect, who they later identified as Andray Harris, barricaded himself in the hotel room, and police had Mills Avenue blocked in downtown El Paso as they investigated.

Witnesses told KFOX14 their area businesses were on lockdown because of a possible gunman in the area.

"I was just sitting there and then just started seeing the police show up and then they started closing off the streets. They asked us to close down the building and walk to the back of the cafe," said Mary Cruz De Leon, who was eating at a nearby cafe.

"We were even locked down in the building. We couldn't leave the building it was locked. No elevators were working, so we were stuck," said Kimberly Vanecek, who works in the Wells Fargo building.

Additional officers and SWAT members arrived to assist. Harris, 23, later came out of the hotel room and was taken into custody after a brief struggle, police said.

Harris was taken to University Medical Center for a medical evaluation, police said.

He faces criminal attempt capital murder charges and police said they secured a warrant for his arrest upon his release at UMC.

His bond was set at $500,000.

No other injuries were reported.

Jail records show an extensive criminal history for Harris, including an Oct. 29, 2013, arrest where he and two others were involved in an aggravate assault case. One man showed a gun at a victim and took his wallet and cellphone.

The three were found by police, and Harris was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

 

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