I-40 reopens after State Police officer kills suspect near Laguna | KOB 4

I-40 reopens after State Police officer kills suspect near Laguna

Jaden Torres
Updated: October 18, 2020 04:36 PM
Created: October 17, 2020 01:20 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico State Police were involved in a shooting that happened on westbound I-40 near Laguna at milepost 114.

According to the Valencia County Sheriff's Office, the suspect shot a woman then fled westbound on State Road 6 before merging onto I-40.


VSCO deputies pursued the suspect with the help of State Police and other law enforcement agencies.

Law enforcement utilized "stop sticks" to put an end to the chase, but they failed to stop the suspect's vehicle.

After that, officers used a pursuit intervention technique, causing the suspect's SUV to crash into the median.

Officers commanded the suspect to surrender, but he ignored their requests. 

A Laguna Tribal Police officer fired off bean bag rounds at the suspect's vehicle. The suspect subsequently returned fire.

The suspect died after he was shot by a State Police officer. The officer is reported to be OK. 

The condition of the victim the suspect shot is currently unknown at this time.

I-40 was shut down between mile marker 114 and 117 for investigation, which caused traffic delays for hours.

The highway is now open. 

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