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Metro IDs officer who shot suspect Monday near Charleston and U.S. 95

Updated Thursday, March 6, 2014 | 12:29 p.m.

The Metro Police officer who shot and wounded a suspect Monday afternoon has been identified.

Officer Garrett Escartin, 26, shot Julio Estrada-Lopez near Charleston Boulevard and U.S. 95 after Estrada-Lopez pointed his gun at police, Metro said this afternoon.

Escartin, who is assigned to Metro’s northeast sector, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending a review of the shooting, per department policy. He has been with Metro since September 2006.

Police said Estrada-Lopez had tried to rob two people in a nearby neighborhood and threatened a third person with his gun before police encountered and shot him.

Officer Jesse Roybal, a Metro spokesman, said early this evening he could not release information about Estrada-Lopez's condition or whether he was out of the hospital and in jail.

Prosecutors charged Estrada-Lopez with 10 criminal counts from the incident Monday, including two counts of burglary while in possession of a gun, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of attempted grand larceny of an auto.

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