NM Officer Injured In Shootout With Suspect

Oct 21, 2013

A New Mexico State Police sergeant has been hospitalized and a suspect is dead following a shootout along a highway in southeastern New Mexico.

State police spokesman Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says the shooting happened Monday following a four-mile chase along U.S. 285 south of Roswell.

Gutierrez says the suspect began shooting at officers and Chaves County deputies after his vehicle was stopped by spike strips.

Gutierrez says the state police sergeant who was shot is being evaluated at a local hospital.

The suspect was struck during the shootout and has died from his injuries.

Gutierrez says the pursuit began after a state police sergeant spotted a woman along the highway. The woman said her significant other was up the road. When the sergeant came upon the man and activated her emergency lights, he drove away.

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