State Police ID suspect killed during shootout with Valencia County deputies - Albuquerque Journal

State Police ID suspect killed during shootout with Valencia County deputies

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New Mexico State Police identified the man accused of injuring two Valencia County deputies in back-to-back shootouts Friday afternoon before being killed by authorities near Los Lunas.

State Police spokesman Ray Wilson said two Valencia County deputies and one State Police officer opened fire on Jose Angel Baca of Los Lunas following a chase. The 28-year-old was hit and died at the scene.

Before being killed, Baca allegedly shot one deputy and injured another with shrapnel as he repeatedly exchanged gunfire with authorities. The deputies were taken to an Albuquerque hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Wilson said Baca was on probation after pleading guilty in 2018 to aggravated battery against a peace officer resulting in great bodily harm.

There was a warrant out for his arrest for violation of probation.

Around 3 p.m. Friday, a Valencia County deputy responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle on N.M. 6 west of Los Lunas. State Police said Baca – who was with an unidentified woman – shot at and struck the deputy and fled in a pickup truck.

Deputies and State Police caught up to the truck headed east on N.M. 6 through Los Lunas and a chase ensued. State Police said Baca crashed the truck on N.M. 314, near Davila Road, and the woman fled as he fired at authorities.

Two Valencia County deputies and a State Police officer fired back, killing Baca. One of the deputies was injured by shrapnel.

During a 2018 domestic violence incident, Baca beat a Town of Bernalillo police officer outside a motel and left him with an orbital fracture, scratched eye and concussion.

Baca was sentenced to a year in jail and two years probation. Courts moved to revoke his probation in 2020 after he tested positive for Suboxone and escaped a Los Lunas treatment center.

“I am willing to give up my old ways to change and become a better person for myself and my family,” Baca wrote in May 2020 on a treatment center worksheet.


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