New Mexico State Police on Friday named the officers involved in the July 4 shooting of 40-year-old Jaime Bravo that left him with a leg wound following a foot chase in a neighborhood on Santa Fe's south side.

Officers were dispatched to a site near the N.M. 599 exit of Interstate 25 to assist Santa Fe police with a welfare check on Bravo, a Portales man who was sitting on the tracks of the Rail Runner Express commuter train.

Bravo brandished a gun at the officers before fleeing on foot toward Calle Prado and Chaparral, according to state police news release.

When state police Officers Alfredo Moya and Luis Mendez arrived at the scene, Bravo turned and fired several shots at them, the release stated. Both officers returned fire, hitting Bravo in the leg. 

He was hospitalized for treatment of his injuries and then booked July 9 into the Santa Fe County jail on three counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and two counts of evading an officer.

A state district judge ruled last week Bravo will remain jailed without bond until his trial. The judge noted in a hearing July 16 he also is accused of pointing a gun at a Sandoval County deputy a few days before the Santa Fe incident.

Due to prior convictions, the judge said, Bravo faces an additional charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

State police said in the news release Friday that Moya has eight years of law enforcement experience with the agency, and Mendez has four years of experience with state police and four years at the Rio Rancho Police Department. 

(1) comment

Chris Mechels

Was this an accident, shooting him in the leg??? NM cops are trained to shoot Center Mass, which is a kill shot IF you hit your target. European cops are trained to shoot for the legs, unless they are being fired on, in which case they may go lethal.

For this incident, it would make perfect sense for one officer to approach the suspect, with the other in backup with an AR-15, a very accurate weapon. This allows for a leg shot if required. If this was, in fact, what NMSP did, I am encouraged. A good outcome.

Or, did they shoot Center Mass, and simply miss their target?? That's more likely, and discouraging. We really MUST address police training in NM, which has been in absolute ruin since 2013.

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