Although the full autopsy report is not available, the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque confirmed Friday that the woman shot by a New Mexico State Police officer last week in Santa Fe died from gunshot wounds to the head and back.
Jeannette Anaya, 39, of Santa Fe, was shot and killed by State Police Officer Oliver Wilson during the early morning hours of Nov. 7, after Anaya allegedly sped away when Wilson tried to pull her over for a traffic stop.
State Police have released little information about the shooting, except to say Wilson fired as Anaya was “aggressively” backing toward the officer after he had used a bumping maneuver to end the high-speed vehicle chase.
“The whole case itself, because someone was killed, is treated like a homicide investigation,” said Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez, a state police spokesman. “We don’t want to put anything at risk. There’s a sensitivity to the information.”
Gutierrez said that Wilson, who has been with state police for a year and a half, remains on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated.
Tom Clark, an attorney representing Anaya’s family, said that from what’s known about the case so far, the shooting wasn’t justified.
“No one should be killed over a traffic violation,” Clark said Friday.
He said officer Wilson’s pursuit of Anaya, which the State Police say reached close to 90 mph through residential neighborhoods, also wasn’t justified and neither was use of the bumping maneuver that caused Anaya’s car to hit a wall at the end of the chase.
He said the officer’s dash-cam video, which the State Police so far have not made public, should provide some answers. He called on the State Police to turn the video over to the District Attorney’s office so its staff can investigate the shooting.
“The family, the public deserves to know,” Clark said.
Anaya had a 34-year-old male passenger in her car the night of the shooting. Clark said he wasn’t at liberty to identify the man Friday and the State Police also have declined to provide his name.
According to information provided by State Police so far, Wilson tried to pull over Anaya’s silver Honda four-door sedan for erratic driving near the intersection of St. Francis and Alta Vista streets at about 1:15 a.m. Nov. 7, but Anaya sped away.
The ensuing chase reached speeds of about 87 mph before Wilson used the pursuit intervention maneuver, bumping the Honda with his cruiser and causing it to hit a wall along Camino Carlos Rey near Herb Martinez Park.
Wilson then got out of his cruiser to approach the Honda, but “the sedan began to aggressively and immediately back (up) towards the officer,” Gutierrez has said.
Anaya’s Honda struck the left front of Wilson’s vehicle and the officer then fired multiple shots at Anaya, killing her.
Gutierrez would not say how many shots were fired. But a woman who witnessed the shooting from the window of her home said she heard about five or six shots.
Celina Westervelt of the Santa Fe Police Department said Friday that Lt. Andrea Dobyns, who was serving as shift commander at the time, heard a request for assistance from State Police at the outset of the chase, but Santa Fe officers did not get involved.
“There are stringent guidelines we have to follow (about high-speed pursuits) and she didn’t have the details to make a clear decision,” Westervelt said. “We did send some cars to the vicinity, so if anything happened we’d be there.”