ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - New Mexico State Police say a convicted bank robber - recently released on parole - started Monday morning's shootout with officers south of Roswell on U.S. 285.
The shooter, 30-year-old Cristoval Quintana, died after officers returned fire.
State Police said an officer checked on a woman standing on the side of the highway around 9 a.m.
The woman reported a dispute with her boyfriend - later identified as Quintana - who was further down the road.
State Police say when they tried to make contact with the man, he started to drive away. They say that's when the chase northbound on U.S. 285 began.
Officials say four miles later, Quintana was stopped when his tires struck a set of spike strips.
Police say that's when he started firing at officers.
State Police and Chaves County Sheriffs deputies fired back at the suspect. They say a State Police officer and Quintana were both shot in the exchange of gunfire.
Quintana died at the scene.
The injured state police officer was taken to a Roswell hospital.
He's now been released and in good condition but has not been identified.
The shooting led to another incident in which a Roswell police officer was hurt and another person was killed.
State Police say a semi-truck driver failed to slow down in time to avoid the back-up leading to the shooting scene. That sparked a chain reaction crash involving four vehicles.
The vehicle in front hit a Roswell police officer who was directing traffic.
He was airlifted to Lubbock, Texas, and is in critical but stable condition.
A person in one of the vehicles involved in the chain reaction was also airlifted and pronounced dead at the hospital.
That driver was identified as 39-year-old Rosemary Becerra of Lake Arthur.
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