NMSP Update On Officer Involved Shooting In Española … Suspect Remains On The Lam

Jerome Naranjo is on the lam.
He is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached

NMSP News:

This update provides the name of the officer involved and gives additional details that led up to the shooting.

ESPAÑOLA – On June 14, 2021, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate an officer involved shooting in Espanola involving a New Mexico State Police officer.

Investigators learned that on Monday, June 14, 2021, at around 2:55 a.m. New Mexico State Police Officer Christopher Urquidi and officers from the Espanola Police Department (EPD) were attempting to execute an arrest warrant on Jerome Naranjo, 37, of Chamita, NM at 708 Calle De Amor in Espanola, NM.  The warrant was in connection with a stabbing case handled by EPD.

Officers arrived and located Jerome Naranjo in a passenger vehicle that was being driven by a female. The driver attempted to flee by ramming the suspect vehicle into an EPD officer’s patrol unit. Officer Urquidi broke the vehicles side window and attempted to use his taser to stop the driver and take Naranjo into custody.

The taser deployment was unsuccessful and the vehicle fled around the residence. An EPD unit rammed the suspect vehicle, pinning it against a tree and debris. Naranjo exited the vehicle and fled on foot.  At this point in the encounter, Naranjo pointed a handgun at Officer Urquidi who then fired at least one shot at Naranjo. Naranjo fled the area and has not been located. Investigators do not believe Naranjo was struck by gunfire.

Jerome Naranjo is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jerome Naranjo should contact the New Mexico State Police at (505) 753-2277 or dial 911.

No officers or civilians were struck by gunfire. The female has not been charged and will not be identified. Officer Urquidi has been employed with New Mexico State Police for one year and was placed on standard administrative leave following this incident. This incident is under investigation by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau.


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