New Mexico man to serve 35 years for shooting at police, car chase


ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico man who didn’t get away from police during a chase is now going away for decades. Investigators say last January, 36-year-old Labruce Powell shot at Otero County Deputies at a gas station.

One of the bullets hit a customer in the arm. Police say they later learned Powell was a suspect and had a hostage.

After firing at Border Patrol agents, state police caught up with the SUV. The Otero County District Attorney says shots were exchanged between both state police and Powell until a PIT maneuver sent Powell spinning off the road and into a ditch.

Officers responded guns drawn. Another angle shows a woman taking a dive out of the passenger window hands raised.

Monday, Powell was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

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