Police officers from three agencies returned fire on suspected armed robbery during a car chase that began in Santa Fe, killing one and wounding the other, according to New Mexico State Police.
According to a press release:
A deputy Santa Fe County sheriff, deputy Torrance County sheriff and a New Mexico state police officer all shot the vehicle after a passenger fired multiple shots at them. No officer or deputy was injured.
The couple fled after robbing Starbucks at gunpoint on St. Francis Drive in Santa Fe. They were tracked for more than 50 miles along US 285; Her vehicle went off the road and hit a tree about 2 miles south of Clines Corners. State Police and the Deputies of the Torrance County Sheriff’s Office had joined the chase near Clines Corners.
The stranger eventually crawled out of the vehicle and was taken into custody. He was flown by helicopter to an undisclosed trauma center for gunshot wounds treatment, and his condition was unknown Friday night. The woman who accompanied him was found dead in the vehicle. The investigating body determines the cause and type of death and their identification.
Also according to the press release:
Agents from the New Mexico State Police Department were called in to investigate the shooting by an officer; this investigation continues.
Investigators learned that state police were alerted around 2:30 p.m. that a vehicle was escaping from Santa Fe shortly after the reported armed robbery. The suspect’s vehicle was described as a black Kia car with no license plate. Shortly after the information was transmitted over the police radio, a state police officer saw the vehicle drive north on Cerrillos Road near Jaguar Drive and notified dispatchers. Moments later, a Santa Fe County sheriff’s assistant spotted the vehicle traveling south on Richards Avenue and began a chase that headed north on Interstate 25 and then south on US 285.
A 27-mile stretch of US 285 from Interstate 40 to US 60 at Encino has been temporarily closed.