SANTA FE – A suspect was at large Friday night after a Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy chased down a speeder, then fired at a truck that the driver was steering toward the officer, according to the State Police.
A news release from State Police spokesperson Ray Wilson said there apparently were no injuries from the shooting.
Court documents filed Friday in Magistrate Court say Deputy Blaine Lattin was patrolling N.M. 599 about 1:30 a.m. Friday when he attempted to stop a speeding 2007 Ford F-150 pickup.
The driver, later identified as 26-year-old Santa Fe resident Carlos Alonso-Villa, did not stop and led the officer on an 80 mile-per-hour chase, according to an affidavit filed with his arrest warrant. The driver hit a dead end at Dail Circle and Willy Road off Agua Fria.
Lattin stepped out of his patrol car before Alonso-Villa first sideswiped the car, then started to head for the deputy himself, the affidavit states.
“It was at this time Deputy Lattin feared for his life and/or safety and fired three (3) rounds from his duty issued service weapon striking the truck in the area of the driver’s side door,” the affidavit adds.
The car, which according to the affidavit belonged to a friend, continued for about 200 yards before Alonso-Villa got out and ran. A female passenger in the truck was detained.
Alonso-Villa is wanted for aggravated assault on a peace officer and aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer. He was already facing an arrest warrant issued in November 2017. Court documents say he didn’t appear at a compliance hearing relating to a 2016 case in which he later pled guilty to attempting to receive stolen property.
Anyone with information is asked to call New Mexico State Police at 505-827-9066. Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office is also asking anyone who knows Alonso-Villa’s whereabouts to call 911 or 505-428-3720.