NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – State police have identified the man involved in a police shooting in San Miguel County Wednesday night. Investigators say an officer tried to pull 43-year-old Paul Mares on I-25 near Romeroville, south of Las Vegas.


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When Mares wouldn’t stop, the officer called for back up and a pursuit began. Officers sued a PIT maneuver, which brought Mares to a stop on I-25, but investigators say he threw his car in reverse and drove towards an officer.

They say he crashed into a patrol car and that’s when an officer fired at Mares. he was shot and taken to the hospital. State police haven’t said what the extent of his injuries is. No officers were hurt and neither were Mares’ two passengers.

Court records show Mares has a history of resisting arrest as well as drug and burglary charges. He had a warrant out for a similar situation last year, when he allegedly refused to pull over for a state police officer.