Cynthia Franco faces two charges in state police shooting incident. Courtesy/NMSP
ALBUQUERQUE ― At around 7:30 p.m., May 16, New Mexico State Police Ofc. Joseph Cloyd attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet pickup occupied by a male driver and a female passenger on Central Avenue near Washington Street in Albuquerque.
Officer Cloyd was one of the 50 officers assigned to the Albuquerque Metro Surge Operation.
The suspect driver of the Chevrolet identified as Daniel Franco failed to stop for Ofc. Cloyd. A pursuit ensued traveling north on Washington Street. Ofc. Cloyd attempted a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) to bring the vehicle to a stop.
Immediately after the PIT, both vehicles came to a stop. Ofc. Cloyd observed through an open passenger window, the female passenger raise her right hand while holding a black object, which was a firearm. As Ofc. Cloyd was in position to the rear of the vehicle, the female turned toward him with the firearm.
Ofc. Cloyd feared for his safety and fired his department issued weapon, which struck the vehicle. Daniel Franco forcibly accelerated and the pursuit continued until Ofc. Cloyd’s police vehicle was involved in a crash with a bystander’s vehicle at the intersection of Lomas and Washington Street. The occupants of the bystander vehicle involved in the crash were uninjured. Ofc. Cloyd sustained injuries from the crash. He was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.
The Chevrolet was located abandoned in an alley near the intersection of Washington Street and Mountain Road.
The New Mexico State Police Investigation Bureau and the Metro Multi-Jurisdictional Shoot Team Task Force were called to investigate the officer involved shooting. With the assistance of a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) K-9, a black bag was located by officers in the vicinity of the Chevrolet. The bag contained two black and silver handguns along with narcotics. During the course of the investigation, agents located another handgun inside the Chevrolet. Agents also located Cynthia Franco. She was uninjured from the incident, interviewed by agents and released.
Agents learned she did have contact with the handguns in the bag that was located near the vehicle they fled in. She also admitted she knew there was an officer who attempted to stop her and Franco at the time they fled in the vehicle.
Agents issued an arrest warrant for her for the following charges out of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court:
Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (4th Degree Felony); and
Tampering with Evidence (4th Degree Felony).
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Cynthia Franco, contact NMSP at 505.841.9256 option 1 or 911.
Daniel Franco was arrested May 21 by the New Mexico State Police Tactical Team while he was barricaded in a residence on Los Tomases NW in Albuquerque. Franco was charged with Aggravated Fleeing, Tampering with Evidence, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
Ofc. Cloyd was placed on standard administrative leave. He has been with the New Mexico State Police for one year and stationed in Farmington while temporarily assigned in Albuquerque as part of the Metro Operation.