EL PASO — El Paso Police Officer Jonathan Molina died Friday morning from injuries sustained after being assaulted in Central El Paso last week, police said.
Police said Molina was attacked after he spotted an alleged act vandalism on his car by three teenagers and spent about 10 days in the hospital in critical condition.
"His dedication to his community and his service will be sorely missed," said Police Chief Greg Allen at a press conference.
Molina was attacked on the the afternoon of September 25.
Police said Molina confronted the teens about damage to his car prior to the alleged assault.
According to a police affidavit, Molina identified himself as an officer and that's when Juan Gonzalez, 17, slammed him headfirst into the concrete knocking him unconscious, while the other members of the group watched.
In the affidavit, Gonzalez continued to beat Molina, hitting him in the face and head and all three group members ran off when witnesses came to help.
Gonzalez and Alan Medrano, 19, were later arrested. Gonzalez faces new charges.
"The department at this point in time has re-filed the charges against this individual in this particular case and we are charging the suspect with capital murder," Allen said.
Molina was a 4-year veteran of the EPPD and had also served in the Marine Corp.
Gonzalez remains at county jail under a $5 million bond.