Driver who struck El Paso officer’s motorcycle, killing him, charged with capital murder

El Paso police have charged a 45-year old man with capital murder of a police officer after they say he intentionally drove his vehicle into Officer David Ortiz’s motorcycle on March 10.

The crash happened on March 10 near the intersection of Lee Trevino Drive and Vista del Sol when John Paul Perry, the driver of a 2006 Kia Optima, allegedly intentionally drove his vehicle into Ortiz’s police motorcycle while Ortiz was stopped at a red light. Ortiz was transported to Del Sol Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and died on March 14.

Police initially believed the incident was an accident and the case was assigned to the EPPD’s Special Traffic Investigations Unit. During the investigation, information was obtained by investigators leading them to believe the collision was intentional. EPPD Crimes Against Persons detectives were brought in to assist in the investigation.

According to a press release from the El Paso Police Department, with the help of Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, the Merkel Police Department and the Abilene Police Department, they discovered that Perry had seen Ortiz and made the decision to drive his vehicle into Ortiz’s motorcycle, which led to the officer’s death.

Officer David Ortiz, El Paso PD

On March 23, El Paso police detectives traveled to Merkel, where Perry was located, and charged him with capital murder for his actions that led to Ortiz’s death.

Perry was booked into the Taylor County Jail and was expected to be returned to El Paso Thursday.