NMSP officer shoots, wounds fleeing suspect near T or C

New Mexico

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico State Police are investigating a police shooting near T or C. A State Police officer opened fire on a man suspected of fleeing a Border Patrol checkpoint.

NMSP say Border Patrol asked for their help after 25-year-old Armando Almaraz took off Tuesday night from the checkpoint just north of Las Cruces. Officers dropped spike strips, then did a PIT maneuver before Almaraz crashed into a patrol car, then started driving toward an officer who had gotten out. That’s when the officer opened fire.

Almaraz was wounded and taken to the hospital. Court records show he was wanted for a gun store burglary in Las Cruces.

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