Suspect wounded in leg after deputy-involved shooting
May 10, 2018 10:16 PM
ESPAÑOLA, N.M. – A suspect who fled from authorities suffered a gunshot wound to the leg after a Rio Arriba County sheriff's deputy opened fire Thursday morning.
Sheriff's Maj. Randy Sanches said the shot hit the suspect, 54-year-old Brian Dorais, in the upper left thigh and he was taken to an Española hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
A deputy initially made contact with Dorais on private property in Dixon around 9 a.m., but Sanches said Dorais did not comply and drove his vehicle toward the deputy. Dorais reportedly struck the deputy's unit, but the deputy managed to jump out of the way.
A pursuit ensued through Dixson into Peñasco in Taos County and to Rio Arriba County. Sanches said a second deputy deployed "stop sticks" and Dorais' vehicle lost its passenger-side tires, but he did not stop.
Dorais continued toward Chimayo when Sanches said New Mexico State Police Officers deployed their own stop sticks. Dorais then lost control when he turned down a private driveway, Sanchez said. The NMSP officers then tried to block Dorais.
"The vehicle did strike at least one patrol unit and started to turn in the direction of the deputies, who had started to approach on foot from the driveway where the vehicle first left the roadway," Sanches said. "At that point, one deputy fired a single shot from his department-issued sidearm, striking the male suspect in the upper left leg.
Sanches said Dorais tried to run but did not get away. Deputies charged him with aggravated fleeing and four counts of aggravated assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon.
The deputy who shot Dorais was put on standard administrative leave.
"At this time there is no information as to why Mr. Dorais was in the Dixon area or why he fled from the deputy," Sanches said.
Updated: May 10, 2018 10:16 PM
Created: May 10, 2018 11:59 AM
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