NMSP Investigates Santa De County Sheriff’s Office Fatal Shooting Of Suspect


On June 23, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate an officer involved shooting in Santa Fe involving the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office (SFC

Investigators learned that on June 23, SFCSO dayshift deputies encountered a stolen black Ford Ranger truck.  The truck attempted to strike a SFCSO patrol unit, and a pursuit ensued.  That pursuit was ultimately terminated.  SFCSO dayshift deputies issued a be on the lookout (BOLO) for the stolen black Ford Ranger to SFCSO evening and graveyard shifts.

Later that same evening, at around 11:00 p.m. a SFCSO deputy encountered a black Ford Ranger and identified it as the stolen black Ford Ranger on the BOLO that had led deputies on a pursuit earlier in the day. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the vehicle evaded deputies. After a pursuit lasting several minutes, the Ranger stopped at the intersection of Siler and Rufina Court.  A male suspect got out of the vehicle, pointed a black handgun at the deputies.  Deputies fired at the suspect, striking him. 

The suspect succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced on scene deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator.  No deputies were injured during this incident.  The name of the suspect will not be released until positive identification has been made and family have been properly notified.  The names of the deputies involved will not be released until after their interviews have taken place.  

For information on the pursuit earlier in the day, the BOLO and the duty status of the deputies involved please reach out to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.  The officer involved shooting investigation is being led by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau.  When more information is available it will be release.