NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The Doña Ana County Sheriff provided more information about the deputy chase that turned into a deadly shooting. She says deputies received an alert Friday evening to watch out for a hit-and-run suspect out of El Paso.
A deputy located that van in the southern part of the county, but the driver fled. A man identified as 28-year-old Richard Guerra started swerving across a two-lane road. At one point, Guerra pulled over and started shooting at the deputy before taking off again.
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The chase eventually ended in Vinton, Texas, when the sheriff says Guerra got into another shootout with deputies. “The suspect does receive life-threatening wounds at this location. The deputies did provide life-saving measures as best as they were able. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was determined to be deceased,” said Sheriff Kim Stewart.
Sheriff Stewart says Guerra’s criminal history dates back to 2016 with charges including reckless driving, assault on a police officer, auto theft, and domestic violence.