ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - The investigation continues into a crash that killed one and injured a Roswell police sergeant just south of a deadly shootout on U.S. Highway 285 Monday.
The sergeant was hit by a car while diverting traffic away from the shooting scene. He's now recovering from serious injuries.
"We deal with these things every day, but thank God it does not hit us at home every day," said Roswell Police Sgt. Jim Preston, a colleague of the injured officer.
The Roswell Police Department has not released the officer's name but does say he's a criminal detective sergeant who's been with the force for more than 15 years.
"This individual's been a friend of mine for many years, better than half of my life and close to many of us here at the police department," said Preston.
Preston's said they've been friends since middle school and visited him Monday night at the hospital in Lubbock, Texas.
Monday's multiple incidents began with a reported domestic disturbance that escalated into a pursuit and then a shootout that left a recently paroled bank robber dead and a New Mexico State Police sergeant shot in the leg.
A short time later the Roswell sergeant was directing traffic when a semi-truck driver didn't slow down for the bottleneck and hit the last car in line. That set of a chain-reaction collision killing Rosemary Becerra, 39, of Lake Arthu and shoving the front car into the officer critically injuring him, officials said.
"The big thing about it is we do take this job. We do know that at any moment we could be severely injured or be killed in the line of duty." said Preston.
Police won't say too much about his condition, but they do say he's in bad shape.
"Without being too detailed he does have injuries from head to toe," said police Public Information Officer Sabrina Morales.
For now police officials say they're doing what they can to move forward and praying their team member recovers.
"This is a family community, and any police department really is, and we just try to stay strong and be there for each other," said Preston.
Roswell police say this is the first time one of their officers has been severely injured in the last 10 years.
State Police officials say they are investigating the crash.
They will then forward their case to the district attorney who will decide if charges will be filed against the semi-truck driver whom they say failed to stop.
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