April 30, 2017
A Santa Fe police officer fatally shot a male Saturday night after they say he attempted to escape arrest by driving away in a Santa Fe Police patrol car.
New Mexico State Police said Sunday that the shooting happened about 10 p.m. Saturday night when a Santa Fe police officer and a New Mexico State Police detective were attempting to arrest the male after they say they discovered a stolen vehicle in the driveway of #12 Chaparral Drive in Eldorado. Police say the male ran, got into the patrol car and put it in drive.
“As officers were attempting to remove him from the unit it was moving forward and pinned the Sante Fe Officer between the units drivers side door and an adjacent tree, knocking him down. As the struggle continued to gain control of the police unit the Santa Fe Officer fired one round striking the suspect in the Abdomen, ” State Police Sgt. Chad Pierce wrote in an email Sunday.
The male died at the scene. The officer was not seriously injured.
Pierce said no other information about the incident would be released until the officer, whom he did not name, is interviewed about the shooting, which he said takes five to ten days.