NMSP: Suspected burglars ram officer with vehicles; two shot, one killed

J.R. Oppenheim
November 06, 2017 06:18 PM

RUIDOSO, N.M. -- Two suspected burglars drove separate vehicles into a Ruidoso police officer before he returned fire and killed one offender Sunday morning, according to New Mexico State Police.


NMSP Lt. Elizabeth Armijo said the officer is in stable condition following the incident that killed one suspect, 31-year-old Marlysa Sanchez of Los Lunas. Police say the second suspect, 28-year-old Johnathon Brownell, faces several charges including three counts of battery on an officer.

After being dispatched to a burglary in progress around 6:20 a.m., the first officer on scene reported "shots fired" at a Timberline Drive residence. Police say the suspects were attempting to flee when Brownell, driving a Ford Mustang, ran into the officer. The officer fired, hitting Brownell

Sanchez then rammed the officer a Ford truck into the officer, knocking him over. After he was struck a second time, Armijo said, the officer shot at the truck and hit Sanchez. She died at the scene.

Brownell reportedly struck a second police vehicle trying to get away, but officers managed to get him into custody. Other charges against Brownell include assault with intent to commit a violent felony on a peace officer, receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, and driving with a suspended license. He will be booked once he is released from a hospital in El Paso, Texas.

New Mexico State Police will continue to investigate the case, but no other information was released. NMSP did not identify the officer involved.


J.R. Oppenheim

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