NMSP investigates Silver City Police Dept. officer-involved shooting

New Mexico

SILVER CITY, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police is investigating a Silver City Police Department officer-involved shooting that was reported late Wednesday night.

NMSP reports that a suspect is in custody and the officer is okay. NMSP says it happened when Silver City Police tried to locate a man involved in a shooting in the city and spotted 53-year-old Alex Altamirano, who then turned into First Savings Bank parking lot on North Hudson Street and opened fire on two SCPD officers.

NMSP say the officer fired his department-issued weapon towards Altamirano, who was not struck. Altamirano then fled the scene and shot at a bystander car, hitting it. The driver of the bystander car was not hit.

A short chase ensued and Altamirano crashed his car into Snappy Mart gas station on 123 West 12th Street. A Silver City officer used a taser on Altamirano and he was taken into custody and transported to a hospital where he was treated.

Altamirano was booked into Grant County Detention Center and charged with two counts resisting an officer, criminal damage to property, aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated assault upon a peace officer and two counts of shooting at a motor vehicle. 

NMSP says the name of the officer will not be released pending interview completion.


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