SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police say a man armed with a machete was shot by police Sunday.
Officers were called to the Big R store on Sain Michaels around 6:45 p.m. Sunday after people confronted a shoplifter. Officers made contact with the male suspect who was armed with a machete in the parking lot of the Big R.
NMSP says officers gave commands to the suspect to drop the weapon. However, the suspect ignored the commands and moved towards the officers swinging the machete at them.
Officers continued to give commands to the suspect to drop his weapon as they moved backward. At some point during the encounter, two officers fired their guns hitting the man.
The suspect was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The investigation at this time remains active. The name of the suspect and officers involved have not been released.