Man suspected of ramming Santa Fe police cars indicted

Melisco Gallegos

A Santa Fe man suspected of ramming law enforcement officers’ patrol cars during an investigation last month into a report of domestic violence — which led one Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy to fire into the man’s vehicle — was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury on nine charges.

Melisco Gallegos, 25, was charged with three counts of aggravated battery against a peace officer, four counts of criminal damage to property and two counts of resisting an officer in the May 27 incident at a home on Quail Run Drive, according to the indictment.

New Mexico State Police on Tuesday named Frederick Trujillo as the deputy who fired at Gallegos’ vehicle.

As Trujillo and other deputies were investigating a report of domestic violence, state police said, Gallegos fled in a station wagon, then returned to the property and got into a pickup and left again.

After a short pursuit, Gallegos drove back to the home and began ramming the deputies’ vehicles, according to state police.

Trujillo “feared that he was going to be crushed” inside his patrol car and fired his gun at Gallegos, hitting the truck, state police said. Trujillo, who has been with the sheriff’s office for nearly four years, was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.

Gallegos, who was not injured, was arrested after a short foot chase. He remains in custody, according to Santa Fe County jail records.