Suspect flees following NMSP officer-involved shooting in Española


ESPAÑOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police report that no one was struck by gunfire following an officer-involved shooting in Española on Monday morning. Authorities say the incident happened near 707 Calle de Amor in the area near Riverside Dr. and El Llano Rd. and a suspect fired at an officer.

The suspect is said to have then fled the area on foot. NMSP reports that an officer and the Española Police Department were executing an arrest warrant on 37-year-old Jerome Naranjo in connection to a stabbing around 2:55 a.m. Officers found Naranjo in a car driven by a woman who took off, ramming her car into an EPD officer’s patrol car.

The NMSP officer reportedly broke the vehicle’s side window and tried to tase the woman to stop her, but was unsuccessful. The car drove away before being rammed by an EPD unit, getting it pinned against a tree. NMSP states that Naranjo then took off on foot and reportedly pointed a gun at the NMSP officer who then fired shots at Naranjo. He fled the area and has not been found.

If you know where he is, call the police at 505-753-2277 or dial 911. NMSP says the officer had been put on standard administrative leave. Authorities say no officers or civilians were struck by gunfire.

On Tuesday, June 8, an officer-involved shooting happened in Española after investigators say a driver started dragging an officer. That suspect, Luis Leyba, died at a hospital.

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