An Arizona man is accused of shooting a New Mexico State Police officer during a traffic stop Saturday along Interstate 40 in Cibola County.

The officer's injuries were not life threatening, state police said.

Robert Benjamin Nelson, 28, of Scottsdale, Ariz., was arrested and charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery upon a peace officer, shooting from a motor vehicle and evading an officer.

Nelson fired several rounds at the officer's head when she pulled him over around 9:30 a.m. near Laguna, police said.

The officer returned fire, then got back in her patrol car and chased after Nelson's vehicle. Police arrested him after a short pursuit.

The officer was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released. 

Nelson is being held at the Cibola County jail, police said.

(4) comments

Khal Spencer

Yep. And I just read an article that said that traffic enforcement was so non dangerous that we should hand it over to police aides who are unarmed and not sworn. Sure...you betcha.

Richard Reinders

Two cops in LA were just shot in the face sitting in their car while people filmed it and laughed as one cop was helping the other covered in blood and BLM tried to block their access to the hospital yelling that they should die. Is this what we are to expect moving forward. When does the madness stop.

Shawn Chafins

I bet that guy's parents didn't teach him any morals. They should bring back the death penality so that pukes like him don't cross the line.

Tammy Tapia

Why blame the parents?! He IS after all a GROWN man. Everyone just needs to take responsibility for their own actions, maybe that is when this madness will stop. When people STOP blaming everyone else for what they do or don't do. I don't blame my parents or the fork because I over eat.

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