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State Police ID officer who shot, injured man on I-25

Roman Craig (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico State Police on Wednesday identified the officer who shot an armed man during a confrontation on Interstate 25 last month.

Dusty Francisco, a State Police spokesman, said Sgt. Joshua Perea injured Roman Craig, 26, in an Jan. 21 officer-involved shooting on the shoulder of I-25 between San Antonio and Paseo Del Norte.

Craig has since been booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center on a charge of aggravated assault upon a peace officer with a deadly weapon.

Francisco said Perea was working a traffic safety operation around 10 a.m. when he stopped to check out an abandoned vehicle on the side of the highway.

He said Craig began walking toward Perea’s vehicle with a gun in his hand and refused the Sgt.’s commands to drop the weapon.

“At that time, Sergeant Perea fired once towards Craig, striking him,” Francisco said. “Craig fell to the ground and he was taken into custody.”

Perea has been with State Police for over 12 years and, before that, served with the Los Lunas Police Department for nine years.

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