Authorities say a State Police officer fatally shot a man who led police on a chase and fired at a sheriff’s deputy in southwestern New Mexico on Saturday.
According to a New Mexico State Police news release issued Sunday evening, police in Deming were pursuing a man in a red mini-van who was believed to have violated a protection order. The man led officers on a chase through the city and into the county, at which point Luna County sheriff’s deputies took over. When the van got stuck, the man got out and fired a shotgun at a deputy, hitting the deputy’s vehicle, state police said.
State Police responded to help out, and officers ultimately found the man lying in a bush, still armed with the shotgun. Police surrounded him and told him to drop his weapon.
“At some point during the encounter, a New Mexico State Police officer fired his department issued AR-15 at least once, striking the male suspect,” NMSP Lt. Mark Soriano wrote in a news release.
The man, whose name has not been released, died at the scene. The officer involved has been placed on leave, as is standard.