Preliminary investigation revealed that the LAPD has been investigating numerous burglaries at the Pajarito Cliffs Site (PCS) county buildings, located at 1001 Camino Entrada, in Los Alamos, New Mexico. LAPD officers were conducting surveillance outside these buildings due to the burglaries.
Around 3:30 a.m. today, officers undercover observed a gray Jeep Patriot enter the parking lot near building #5. A male passenger dressed in black and holding bolt cutters exited the vehicle and approached the secured locked area. Officers in marked units with emergency equipment engaged approached the vehicle and gave commands for the male subject to stop and show his hands. The male suspect did not comply and ran to the passenger seat of the Jeep and the Jeep began to flee the scene. At that time, shots were fired by at least one LAPD officer.
The Jeep fled from officers onto NM State Road 502 heading toward Espanola. LAPD officers pursued the vehicle onto State Road 30. The pursuit continued on State Road 369 to US 84/285, and onto State Road 76. The vehicle turned onto Corlett Road and crashed. Two male subjects, the driver and passenger, fled on foot into a wooded area and were never subsequently located by the officers.
The Jeep was later identified as a stolen vehicle. It was towed from the scene and will be processed for evidence by the New Mexico State Police Crime Scene Team.
At this time there is no indication of any injuries received during this incident. It is believed that one PCS building was struck by gunfire. The specific details leading up to the shooting remain under investigation. The names of the officers involved will not be released until after all interviews have been conducted.
Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call police. This incident remains under investigation by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau with no further details available for release.