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Suspect shot by deputy after ramming cruiser identified

Updated: 08/04/2014 10:10 PM | Created: 08/04/2014 8:41 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed and Kristen Garcia, KOB.com

New details are being released from Monday's BCSO fatal shooting, when a Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy shot a man who rammed the officer's vehicle twice with his truck.

According to the sheriff's office, the man, identified as Manuel Flores, 28, was involved in some type of altercation with a female. The female had allowed Flores to use her pick-up while he tried to sell it at a friend's auto dealership.

Flores was unable to sell the truck and arranged to meet the woman at a gas station near Coors and Gun Club. During the phone call, Flores became upset because he thought he heard a male's voice in the background and accused the woman of cheating on him, deputies said.  

When the woman arrived at the gas station, witnesses said Flores tried to force her into his car, but she was able to break loose and get into her daughter's vehicle.

They fled from Flores northbound on Coors, but the sheriff's office said he smashed into their vehicle numerous times and stalled them.

Flores then chased the women in his truck as they fled on foot. That's when a Bernalillo County deputy arrived on scene.

Flores reportedly rammed his truck into the deputy's squad car twice and trapped the officer inside. BCSO said Flores then got out of his vehicle with his hands up as if he was celebrating and walked toward the deputy.

According to the sheriff's office, the deputy feared for his life and fired two rounds. One struck Flores in the chest and the other struck a nearby building. After Good Samaritans helped the deputy get out of his vehicle, he immediately began rendering aid.

Flores was transported to UNM Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The deputy did not receive any serious injuries from the incident.

Manuel Flores, 28.

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