NMSP: Officer shot in the face during chase in Alamogordo

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ALAMOGORDO, N.M. — An officer with the Alamogordo Police Department is in stable but critical condition following a shootout overnight.

Police say the man who shot at the officer is 26-year-old Dominic De La O.

At around 2 a.m. Saturday, officers attempted to pull De La O over near Puerto Rico Avenue and 9th Street, but he sped off.

Soon after, officers found his car crashed near Delaware and 1st Street. Police saw De La O attempting to run away.

“Officers gave chase in which shots were fired,” a news release stated.

Police say De La O shot an officer in the face with a sawed-off shotgun. That officer was taken to a nearby hospital and then airlifted to a trauma center.

Another officer shot De La O in the leg. He has already been released from the hospital and is in custody.

De La O had pulled a gun on officers in January and was also shot during that confrontation.

This is a developing story. Stay with KOB 4 Eyewitness News and KOB.com for updates.