NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police was involved in an officer-involved shooting April 16, that left one suspect dead on I-40, just outside of Prewitt, NM.
NMSP say an officer was dispatched around 11:56 a.m. on April 16, to milepost 64 on I-40, for a welfare check on a man who was slumped over the steering wheel of a brown BMW passenger car. When the officer arrived and made contact with the man, a fight ensued. Police say during the scuffle the officer fired at least one shot, striking the suspect. After the shot was fired the suspect continued fighting the officer.
According to NMSP, a passing semi-truck driver saw the the suspect and officer fighting and stopped to help. Police say the trucker saw that the suspect had a gun and was able to throw the gun out of reach and help the officer take him into custody.
NMSP say once the suspect was in custody the officer began to render medical aid and called for an ambulance. The suspect died from his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.
The officer was not injured during the incident. The suspect has not yet been identified.