Suspect’s father may have prevented more deaths in officer-involved shooting

Created: 12/26/2013 10:08 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

For the first time, KOB Eyewitness News 4 has obtained dispatch tapes of the frantic moments before a state police officer was shot at the end of a high-speed chase near Roswell in October.

Dispatch tapes from that day also give new insight into something police found out early on that could have saved many lives.

"Unknown on any kind of weapons at this time."

It's clear from the initial uncertainty that officers had no idea what would face them down the road, as they chased 30-year-old Christoval Quintana.

Quintana raced away from cops at break neck speeds on a Monday in October.

Dispatchers and police units organized quickly.

"There's a shotgun in the car," radioed an officer mid-way through the chase.

Well into the pursuit, officers realized Quintana may be armed.

"He is on probation or supervised release," said one dispatcher.

Just as officers are informed their suspect has a criminal past, another radio channel documents Chaves County Dispatchers reach out to Quintana's father over the phone.

"He wants to die," Quintana's father tells the dispatcher.

The dispatcher makes another call to state police warning them Quintana may be trying to commit suicide by cop.

"I think this guy is code 10 by cop," said the dispatcher.

Just moments later, all hell breaks loose on both radio channels.

"We've got multiple fire! Multiple shots fired!" an officer yells.

"Officer down, I got it, I got it," responds a dispatcher. "We have Sgt. Murray who was shot in the leg."

Quintana is dead, and state police Sgt. Lawrence Murray is shot.

Murray was treated and released from the hospital.

The insight into what went down and the quick exchange of information shows it may have been Quintana's father and his warning that stopped the incident from becoming something much worse.

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