NMSP Investigates Fatal Shooting Involving Santa Fe Police Department


On June 23, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate a police shooting involving the Santa Fe Police Department (SFPD).

Investigators learned that on June 23 at approximately 10:07 a.m., SFPD responded to a fight and shooting incident at DeVargas Park (302 West DeVargas Street) in Santa Fe, NM. SFPD officers searched the area and located a male suspect who was armed with a handgun. A foot pursuit ensued which led down Old Santa Fe Trail and Alameda Street. The male suspect ran north on Old Santa Fe Trail and into a crowded tourist area. At that point, the male suspect turned towards the SFPD officers and pointed the handgun at them.  A SFPD officer discharged his department issued firearm towards the male suspect at least once, striking him.

After the shooting, SFPD officers rendered aid to the male suspect until EMS personnel arrived. The male suspect succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.  

The identification of the male suspect and officers involved will not be released until the next of kin notification has been made and until interviews are completed. No officers or bystanders were injured during the incident. For information regarding the initial call prior to the shooting and administrative actions on the officers, please contact the Santa Fe Police Department. This investigation remains active and is being led by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau. Upon completion of the investigation, this case will be given to the appropriate district attorney’s office for review.  

When more information is available New Mexico State Police will send out an additional press release.