State police: Inmate escapee shot, killed by Carlsbad police

Updated: 06/10/2014 8:45 AM | Created: 06/09/2014 1:15 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

New Mexico State Police say Carlsbad police shot and killed an inmate escapee after a car chase on Monday.

Around 10 a.m., Carlsbad police shot 24-year-old Troy Kirkpatrick near the Tia Maria Apartments off West Church. Kirkpatrick died from his injuries.

Prior to the shooting, state police said Kirkpatrick was in custody of the Eddy County Detention Center. Kirkpatrick had a scheduled doctor's appointment and was transported by a detention officer from the Eddy County Detention Center.

State police said Kirkpatrick assaulted the detention officer and escaped from the doctor's office. He was then reportedly able to steal a vehicle and leave the area. 

Kirkpatrick then fled the area in the stolen vehicle and led Carlsbad police on a short vehicle pursuit. The chase ended when he crashed into a fence in an alleyway.

After the crash, state police said officers fired shots into the alleyway at Kirkpatrick.

New Mexico State Police are conducting the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

Photo: MGN

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