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State Police ID Torrance County deputies who shot man last month

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico State Police have identified the Torrance County deputies who shot and injured a man last month in Bosque Farms.

State Police spokesman Dusty Francisco said Torrance County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jordan Duran and deputy Pablo Arreola shot 28-year-old Joshua Francis of Oklahoma on March 16 following a chase that began in Mountainair.

After Francis recovered in the hospital, Francisco said he was charged with two counts of aggravated battery upon a peace officer. He has been booked into the Valencia County jail.

He said Francis called 911 around 2 a.m. to report that he was holding a woman hostage at the Rock Motel in the Town of Mountainair and wanted to die in a shootout with police.

Francisco said Torrance County deputies went to the motel and found a 28-year-old woman, also from Oklahoma, on the ground in front of one of the rooms.

Deputies gave chase as Francis fled on U.S. 60, driving faster than 100 mph and in opposite lanes of traffic.

Francisco said Francis drove over a spike strip and evaded two pursuit intervention attempts, or PIT maneuvers, before a third stopped him in Bosque Farms near N.M. 47 and South Bosque Loop.

He said Francis drove toward deputy Arreola’s vehicle and Arreola fired at him twice through the windshield as Francis rammed him.

Francisco said Sgt. Duran arrived around this time and fired at Francis as he drove toward deputies. Francis was struck at least once and was taken into custody.

He said Duran has been with the Torrance County Sheriff’s Office for more than four years, while Arreola has been with the office for a year and 10 months.

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