Suspect in custody following NMSP officer-involved shooting

New Mexico News

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police report a suspect is in custody with minor injuries following an officer-involved shooting in Santa Rosa on Monday. Police say officers are okay. KRQE News 13 has learned the man shot is a former Department of Transportation worker who tried to run officers over in 2017. The incident took place on Serrano Ave. and Baros Lopez Rd.

According to court documents, NMSP officers were serving a search warrant at the home of Robert Chavez. It is not known what led to the shooting but according to officers Chavez’s injuries are not life-threatening. The warrants were two cases involving stolen property, extortion, bribery of a witness, and being a felon with a gun.

In 2017, Chavez’s arrest for trying to hit several officers with his car when they served a search warrant for another car theft case. He was a DOT worker at the time. Officers had to tase Chavez to get him out of the car.

He later pled no contest to charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer and was given 18 months probation. Chavez also had a conviction for assaulting an officer in a courtroom and injuring a district attorney in 2006.

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