Law enforcement officers from three agencies returned fire at armed-robbery suspects during a chase that began in Santa Fe, killing one and wounding the other, according to New Mexico State Police.

According to a news release:

A Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputy, a Torrance County Sheriff’s deputy and a New Mexico State Police officer all fired at the vehicle after a passenger fired multiple shots at them. No officers or deputies were hurt.

The pair fled after robbing Starbucks on St. Francis Drive in Santa Fe at gunpoint. They were pursued more than 50 miles down U.S. 285; their vehicle left the road and crashed into a tree about 2 miles south of Clines Corners. State police and Torrance County Sheriff’s Office deputies had joined the pursuit near Clines Corners.

The unidentified man eventually crawled out of the vehicle and was taken into custody. He was flown by helicopter to an unidentified trauma center for treatment of gunshot wounds, and his condition was unknown Friday night. The woman with him was found dead in the vehicle. The Office of the Medical Investigator will determine her cause and manner of death, as well as her identification.



Also according to the news release:

New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau agents were called to investigate the officer-involved shooting; that investigation continues.

Investigators learned state police were alerted around 2:30 p.m. that a vehicle was fleeing Santa Fe after the reported armed robbery a short time earlier. The suspects’ vehicle was described as a black Kia passenger car with no license plate. Shortly after the information was given over police radio, a state police officer saw the vehicle headed north on Cerrillos Road near Jaguar Drive and notified dispatchers. Moments later, a Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the vehicle headed south on Richards Avenue and began a chase that led north on Interstate 25, then south on U.S. 285.

A 27-mile stretch of U.S. 285 from Interstate 40 to U.S. 60 at Encino was temporarily closed.

(27) comments

Chris Mechels

As is customary, the NMSP are investigating, themselves. A questionable practice, long commented on, but still ongoing.

Francisco Carbajal

As is customary, the Chris Mechel's "anti-police rant" begins a sarcasm moment, a lone ranger. A questionable practice, long commented on, but still ongoing.

Chris Mechels

Mr. Carbajal; you are a very destructive individual, with your constant sniping. Yet, you appear to have no background in these matters. Where do you get your information and expertise. Please share. As for my commentary being "anti police", where do you get that. I simply noted that the NMSP investigating itself has long been seen as a problem. The Jeanette Anaya killing shows this problem very well;https://nmindepth.com/2016/03/23/puff-of-smoke-justice-system-designed-to-clear-cop-who-killed-jeanette-anaya/ Unlike you, I actually know something about this issue.

Francisco Carbajal

Chris Mechel, why in the world would I want to share by background in these matters with you? It really does not take a scientist to figure out on who is anti-police and foe of the Thin Blue Line. By all respects to the Anaya family, I am not going to discuss that specific officer-related shooting because it is not in my purview but the Santa Fe District Attorney's Office role. If you are so angry at the criminal justice of New Mexico, then, why don't you petition to the New Mexico Supreme Court Justice's and get them to hear your legal arguments and see where it takes you? And no, it is not a simple noted issue like you think it is relating to how the New Mexico State Police conducts criminal investigations in NM. It is a very complex process and you are not a subject matter expert in that particular law enforcement field, period! Definitely, you are an amateur at best about this issue, an amateur at best.

Khal Spencer

Let's not go this route in New Mexico:

https://calmatters.org/newsletters/whatmatters/2021/11/looting-san-francisco-retail-theft/

After looters ransack Bay Area stores, crime rises as 2022 state campaign issue

by Emily Hoeven November 22, 2021

Mike Johnson

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Richard Reinders

They are already doing it at Home Depot a million dollars a year so we are and have already gone that route. Big box policies encourage this behavior by not hiring armed security to stop it, they just pass the cost on to the consumer by adding % to every item.

Lyndell Vallner

Thank you law enforcement! And thank the writer of the article for not turning the incident into the fault of the criminals. It's good to see honest comments instead of snark in the comments more often.

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"New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau agents were called to investigate the officer-involved shooting; that investigation continues."

That "investigation" should be very short lived and honest...not develop into the typical political jibberish against those trying to protect us all.

Charlotte Rowe

A pity no eye roll emoji is possible here.

Emily Koyama

🙄

Henry R.

Fortunately, no innocent, law abiding citizens were hurt in the process.

Khal Spencer

No snark out of me, Diego.

My guess is these fine people were all in the Frequent Guest Program of the Greybar Hotel. NM Justice sometimes has to come out of the barrel of a gun, given our criminal justice system is broken and we live in a failed state.

Mike Johnson

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Mike Johnson

Well, at least the police are trying to stop these brazen robberies, unlike in California, where the police ignore it all and just let it escalate.

Khal Spencer

Yeah. Been reading about that. I can't wait till like everything else California exports, we see that here.

Khal Spencer

That article I posted made it sound like a political issue, i.e., the DA, city, and state deciding they were going to create a kinder, gentler place for criminals. I'll say no more....

Mike Johnson

Indeed, remember the incompetent DA here quickly dismisses DWI charges and allows felony vandals to do "restorative justice", the trend is starting, along with the left wing judges freeing everyone on low bail no matter the charges.

Charlotte Rowe

Thank you for saying no more.

Khal Spencer

Heh. I don't have to. The newspapers are saying it for me.

https://www.pleasantonweekly.com/blogs/p/2021/08/17/organized-theft-gangs-hitting-the-suburbs

Mike Johnson

Khal, I was a bit surprised it took 3 agencies over 50 miles to take these kind of people out. Not very efficient, and think of all the citizens endangered by these dangerous criminals They need to remove these kind of people more quickly. This is not the 19030s and Bonnie and Clyde,

Khal Spencer

Good question. I would have thought there would have been puncture strips across the road or something. Will be interesting to see the...um...post mortem.

Francisco Carbajal

Mr. Johnson, by all respects, depending on how each law enforcement standards of operating procedures (SOP) for felony traffic stops are written and implemented, it takes a lot of effort and coordination with set-skilled abilities between each LE dispatch center (RECC) to work together to keep everyone safe. Have you traveled the 285 State Highway towards Clines Corner, lately? It is a dangerous roadway, especially with high-speeds, reckless and careless driving that occurs during a police chase with bullets flying everywhere. Every round counts once that is discharged from a firearm as you know. On the same note, maybe the primary units that were behind the felony suspects while the chase was occurring did not have time to activate the spikes due to the width and length of the road, the heavy 18 Wheeler's that travel daily on the roadway, etc. Thier were probably a hundred dangerous scenarios that our police officer's put themselves in danger on that day with these suspect's. Let's wait to see on what the after-action reports tell us once they become available for the public to see and hear about. Thanks.

Mike Johnson

Thanks Mr. Carbajal, I guess the police are not like the military, they have more restrictions and process, and maybe lack resources too. I was thinking they could have just flown a helicopter ahead on 285 (yes, I have traveled it for over 70 years) with a good sniper and taken them out while they were traveling down the road someplace.

Charlotte Rowe

you have zero proof that this is what they are doing.

Diego Mondragon

Waiting for one trolls comment on police.. waiting... waiting...

Good job officers! Glad all innocent are safe and glad some pieces of trash are finally in boxes.

Mike Peterson

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Richard Reinders

We will see how long this perp stays in the box. But I agree good job to the police.

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