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Police: Woman was shot as she drove at officers

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The woman shot by State Police on Tuesday drove toward officers at a “high rate of speed and fast acceleration” before they fired at her, according to court records.

Roxanne Torres, 28, was shot in the upper body by officers who were trying to serve a warrant on another woman. Torres was booked into the Bernalillo County jail Wednesday evening and charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

State Police officers arrived at the apartment at 6100 Harper NE in Albuquerque in an unmarked vehicle, parking in front of a black and white Toyota FJ cruiser, early Tuesday morning. The Toyota’s driver side door was open, and Torres jumped in when the officers drove up.

ROXANNE L. TORRES: Faces aggravated assault, auto theft charges

ROXANNE L. TORRES: Faces aggravated assault, auto theft charges

The officers, who were in uniform, told her to turn the car off and get out. That’s when she accelerated toward officers and they fired at her, striking both Torres and the car, according to a search warrant affidavit. It’s unclear how many times officers fired, and State Police spokesmen haven’t released that information. Nowhere in the warrant does it say Torres was armed, and State Police have refused to say.

Torres fled westbound on Harper, crashing into a maroon Nissan Altima. The Nissan’s driver then followed Torres and watched her lose control of the car, hitting a curb near an office in the Journal Center.

She got out and lay face-down in the parking lot for several minutes, a witness told police, and then got a backpack from the car and walked to the west side of the parking lot.

A man was loading surveying equipment into the trunk of a rental car – a white Kia Soul – when Torres allegedly stole it from a nearby architectural firm’s parking lot.

Surveillance video shows she later showed up at the Cibola General Hospital in Grants with blood running down her arm, the warrant states.

She gave hospital workers a fake name and New Mexico driver’s license, but State Police officers identified her from various tattoos and her driver’s license photo.

Nobody except for Torres was injured in the incident, State Police spokesman Damyan Brown said Tuesday.

When police first arrived at the home, another man fled police, running into an apartment.

He was later found hiding under a sofa, the warrant states. Police said Tuesday three other women were arrested during the incident on unrelated warrants.

A State Police officer was fired after he shot at a vehicle last year, and the Albuquerque Police Department recently changed its policy, disallowing the practice of shooting at cars.

State Police Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez told the Journal on Tuesday that he didn’t think the agency’s policy had changed.

Torres was wanted for a probation violation stemming from 2013 charges: two counts of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, two counts of conspiracy to commit unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and two counts of possession of burglary tools.

In December 2013, she pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, and the other charges were dismissed, though they could be re-filed, according to court records.

In the past, she pleaded guilty to trafficking controlled substances and driving while intoxicated, records show.

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