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NMSP: Chase, crash preceded pistachio farm hostage incident

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — State Police say Alamogordo officers were chasing a shooting suspect when the man crashed his car, ran to a nearby pistachio farm and took 14 people hostage.

Caleb Scroggins, 21, of Alamogordo peacefully surrendered shortly after tactical officers were able to rescue the 14 hostages, State Police spokesman Carl Christiansen said. No one was injured, but Scroggins was taken to a hospital and cleared for arrest.

Christiansen said Scroggins was a suspect in a shooting early Sunday, and police initiated a chase when they found his vehicle driving west on Dog Ranch. As he was being chased, Scroggins failed to yield and was hit by a vehicle traveling north on U.S. 70/54.

“An exchange of gunfire took place” and Scroggins ran into the McGinn’s Pistachio Tree Ranch store “where he took 14 hostages,” Christiansen said.

Scroggins is in custody and charges are pending.