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Santa Fe County deputy shoots at, misses, suspect

Philip Fiorenzio, 69 (NMSP)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico State Police is investigating after a Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputy fired at and missed a man who they say rammed his car into the deputy’s cruiser in Edgewood Friday night.

The suspect, 69-year-old Philip Fiorenzio, was booked into the Santa Fe County jail, according to State Police Lt. Mark Soriano. He is charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer and resisting or obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Soriano said that around 11 p.m. Friday deputies were called to Via Conejo near Horton Road after reports of a suicidal man, later identified as Fiorenzio. Fiorenzio had left his home in an SUV.

The deputy found the vehicle almost two miles away and tried to pull Fiorenzio over. “Fiorenzio made a U-turn, drove head on and rammed into the SFSO deputy, causing the air bags to deploy,” Soriano said in a news release. “The deputy fired his duty weapon at Fiorenzio.”

Fiorenzio was treated by emergency services at the scene and arrested. The deputy was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries. Soriano said he will identify the deputy after he’s been interviewed.

 

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