Man, woman identified in Lower Valley shooting

A woman who killed herself and a man wounded in a wild weekend shooting in the Lower Valley were publicly identified Monday by El Paso police officials.

Erica Dominguez, 41, shot herself after being confronted by a police officer responding to the shooting that critically wounded Luis Ignacio Torres, 42, on Saturday afternoon in a neighborhood near Bel Air High School, officials said in a news release.

The incident began when Dominguez and Torres got into an argument at a home in the 7900 block of Sagitta Court, police said.

El Paso Central Appraisal District property records list a homeowner on the same black with the name spelled as Erika R. Dominguez.

During the argument, Dominguez allegedly shot Torres, who ran away and was chased by Dominguez, who continued firing at him, police said. A reason for the argument was not disclosed.

Torres tried to escape by running into a home in the 7900 block of Cassiopeia Court in the next block, police said.  Dominguez chased him into the home and confronted the homeowner and Torres at gunpoint.

While the homeowner tried to convince Dominguez to drop the weapon, Torres ran away again, police said. Dominguez chased after him and carjacked a woman in a Dodge Charger.

A police officer arriving at the scene found Torres, who collapsed in front of her patrol car at Yarbrough Drive and Santa Maria Court.

Police said that Dominguez then pulled up in the Charger by driving the wrong way in traffic before stopping right behind Torres. Dominguez “exited the car and stood over the victim with a gun in her hand,” a police news release stated.

The police officer ordered Dominguez to drop the gun but Dominguez instead shot herself and died at the scene, officials said. Torres was hospitalized at Del Sol Medical Center with wounds police described as life threatening.

Daniel Borunda may be reached at 546-6102; dborunda@elpasotimes.com; @BorundaDaniel on Twitter.

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