Fabens man dead after shooting at a deputy and barricading himself in his home

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 12:23am

A Fabens man is dead after a nearly 7 hour standoff with law enforcement.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says the suspect in this case is George Reese Lutich Junior.

According to Lutich's criminal record, he was ticketed for speeding several times, charged with stalking -- although that was later dismissed, and most recently, violated his probation.

Authorities say he was pulled over by a deputy for a traffic violation at around 11:30 Tuesday morning, and then allegedly started shooting at the deputy. As the deputy ran for cover, officials say Lutich then drove home and barricaded himself inside with his girlfriend.

Sheriff's deputies, police, Border Patrol, and a SWAT team were all on the scene and closed off several streets in the area.

Meanwhile - a crisis negotiation team tried to convince Lutich to surrender to authorities but after almost 7 hours, they say he shot and killed himself.

Neighbors were on edge.

"They said it was a standoff so I didn't know if it was close to my house or he was in my house or my neighbors house. I'm planning on getting me another gun so I can take care of myself," said Alfredo Aranda.

Authorities entered the home after hearing shots fired from inside just after 6 p.m.

Lutich's girlfriend was able to get out safely, and no law enforcement officers were hurt during the ordeal.

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