ALGODONES, N.M. (KRQE) – A shootout on I-25 between an armed robbery suspect and police Tuesday is now under investigation.
The shootout happened as police and the suspect raced down I-25 in traffic — the bullets flying, leaving holes all along the side of the suspect’s getaway truck and in two police cars. Amazingly, no one was hurt.
Police say the man they arrested is a 24-year-old from Texas. His name is Lane Reed.
Tuesday morning, Reed walked into the Pecos River Gas Station on I-25 between Santa Fe and Las Vegas, and pointed a gun at young girl standing next to a clerk, demanding money and keys to the clerk’s Dodge pickup truck.
Santa Fe County deputies spotted the stolen truck a little later on the interstate. Deputies and State Police chased the truck down southbound I-25.
It all ended almost 70 miles from that gas station following a shootout. The stolen truck wound up with at least a dozen bullet holes along the driver’s side.
Police say Reed started the shootout. He left a bullet hole in a Santa Fe County deputy’s car and another in the windshield of a State Police SUV.
“We had a very dangerous suspect. He was shooting at officers, he was putting people’s lives in danger. Not just law enforcement but the public at large,” Elizabeth Armjio with New Mexico State Police said.
In custody Reed told officers he was a wanted man and wanted to “go out with a bang.” Reed has numerous felonies across the country that include robbery, aggravated robbery and aggravated motor vehicle theft. He was also wanted for several armed robberies in Texas and had threatened “suicide by cop.”
A witness says they saw Reed throw a gun out of his window after firing it. State Police say no one was hurt.
The southbound lanes just reopened. Traffic had been backed up for more than four hours as drivers were being diverted onto the frontage road.
A search of online court records does not show any criminal history for Reed in New Mexico.