SANTA FE – The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was requested Wednesday to investigate an officer involved shooting Wednesday in Santa Fe involving the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office (SFCSO).
Investigators learned that Wednesday, June 23, SFCSO dayshift deputies encountered a stolen black Ford Ranger truck. The truck attempted to strike a SFCSO patrol unit, and a pursuit ensued. That pursuit was ultimately terminated.
SFCSO dayshift deputies issued a be on the lookout (BOLO) for the stolen black Ford Ranger to SFCSO evening and graveyard shifts.
Later that day, at around 11 p.m., a SFCSO deputy encountered a black Ford Ranger and identified it as the stolen black Ford Ranger on the BOLO that had led deputies on a pursuit earlier in the day. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the vehicle evaded deputies.
After a pursuit lasting several minutes, the Ranger stopped at the intersection of Siler and Rufina Court. A male suspect got out of the vehicle, pointed a black handgun at the deputies. Deputies fired at the suspect, striking him.
The suspect succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.
No deputies were injured during this incident. The name of the suspect will not be released until positive identification has been made and family have been properly notified. The names of the deputies involved will not be released until after their interviews have taken place.