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Judge detains man accused in NMSP chase

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The man allegedly shot at by a New Mexico State Police officer during a chase early this month will await trial behind bars, a judge ruled Thursday.

Daniel Franco (MDC)

Daniel Franco, 40, is facing charges in the chase and in a shooting that took place days before. Franco received the highest possible score on an assessment that predicts whether a defendant will reoffend or skip a court date.

According to police, Franco fled a traffic stop near Washington and Central. The NMSP officer attempted a PIT maneuver before he opened fire. Franco was able to escape after the officer collided with another vehicle, but he was arrested last week after a standoff at a home near Mountain and Sixth NW.

A week before, officers had been dispatched to Franco’s home after he shot a man in the leg, according to court documents.

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