NMSP: Eddy County deputy fired at fleeing suspect's vehicle before they eventually surrendered
October 18, 2018 02:35 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Investigators with New Mexico State Police say a Monday night shooting in Artesia involving members of the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force was instigated by a suspect fleeing in a vehicle.
Ronnie Dunnavant, 47, was being sought on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and criminal damage to property when officers found him inside a parked Ford on Villa Drive. As they began to approach the car, investigators say, Dunnavant reversed to leave the area, at which point an Eddy County deputy "fired a single shot at the tires of the vehicle."
Dunnavant fled the area and barricaded himself in a house about two miles away, where he later peacefully surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody.
NMSP says the investigation remains open. The officer they say fired the shots has been with the Eddy County Sheriff's Department for four years.
Created: October 18, 2018 02:35 PM
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