NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – A New Mexico State Police supervisor was shot during a pursuit near Sedillo Hill Friday. NMSP Chief Tim Johnson says the supervisor is going to be okay but says nothing is for sure. Meanwhile, the focus is on the suspects who led the NMSP supervisor on a chase, exchanged gunfire with him, crashed, and then fled on foot.
Saturday morning NMSP says the two people that were taken into custody Friday were determined not to be involved in the shooting. NMSP released photos of the woman suspect who was involved and asked for the public’s help in identifying her. If you have any information or the whereabouts of the female suspect, please contact the New Mexico State Police at (505) 841-9256 or dial 911. KRQE News 13 is working to figure out the status of the two possible suspects NMSP had in custody Friday.
Also on Saturday, NMSP confirmed with KRQE that a search warrant related to the officer-involved shooting was executed in McIntosh, NM. They say multiple people were detained and the investigation is ongoing.
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According to NMSP around 8:17 a.m., police were called to the Mr. Gas Mart near the intersection of State Road 333 and State Road 344 in Edgewood in reference to a suspicious woman who locked herself inside the restroom. The NMSP supervisor, whose name has not yet been released, arrived at the scene and talked with the people who reported the suspicious woman who was then sitting with a man in a silver Cadillac. The two were parked in front of the store.
The officer parked his vehicle behind the Cadillac and went to initiate contact with the man and woman. As the officer attempted to make contact, the man drove the vehicle in reverse ramming the front end of the supervisor’s vehicle. The Cadillac then sped off traveling west onto State Road 333 and a pursuit was initiated.
During the pursuit, NMSP says the Cadillac turned north onto the Sedillo Hill overpass and the officer initiated a pit maneuver. The Cadillac crashed into a guardrail and came to a stop. Then the man and female exited the vehicle. NMSP says the man then fired shots at the officer.
The officer was struck by the man’s gunfire. According to NMSP, despite being injured the officer was able to recover and return fire at the suspects. The suspects then fled on foot east from the scene.
James Crosby was stuck in traffic for hours, waiting to get to the other side of the freeway while his kids waited at home. “My kids were at home, I couldn’t get to them. It was a little nerve-wracking,” said Crosby.
Friday morning, Sky News 13 captured video of the silver Cadillac sedan that had bullet holes in it. Sky News 13 also captured video of law enforcement marching down the road as they searched for the suspects.