NM Police Shooting |VIDEO Police Officer Shot, Killed In Rio Rancho 1 Suspect Still At Large
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Rio Rancho officer shot, killed in New Mexico police shooting; 1 suspect in custody, 1 at large
Rio Rancho police plan to release more information about the fatal shooting of an officer on Memorial Day later Tuesday.
The department plans to release the "basic facts" in a news release and will hold a press conference at 2 p.m.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department said deputies arrested one of the suspects at a Valero gas station near Rio Bravo and Broadway early Tuesday.
The officer was shot during a traffic stop near Southern Boulevard and Pinetree Road in Rio Rancho. He later died at UNM Hospital, the department confirmed early Tuesday.
RRPD did not name the officer, but said he was 49 years old, a four-year veteran of the department and a married father of five adult children. He was also an Air Force veteran.
"Losing him is going to have a great impact with the officers, on the department, with the employees on the department... I'm sure once we're able to identify the officer to the community, they will feel a loss as well," Captain Paul Rogers said.
RRPD said this is the first time an officer has been shot and killed in the line of duty in the department's 34-year history.
Just after 8 p.m. Monday, Rio Rancho police said the officer pulled over a man and woman in an SUV at Arby's on Southern Boulevard. The suspects fled in the vehicle and ended up near the Esther Bone Memorial Library.
Investigators are still trying to determine the exact details, but say at some point, the exchange turned violent. Police said one of the subjects inside the vehicle shot the officer.
The officer received immediate first aid at the scene and was transported to UNM Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Authorities were searching for the two suspects in a brownish-gray 1999 Dodge Durango with New Mexico license plates 331RAT. After 3:30 a.m., the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department confirmed they had one person in custody in connection to the shooting, but did not say whether it was the man or woman.
The other suspect remains at large. Anyone with information on the vehicle or suspect should call (505)-891-5874.
A high school student who witnessed part of the incident told KOB he heard four gunshots and could smell the gunfire from where he was riding his bike.
"There was four shots, just went pop, pop, pop, pop−four real quick shots. And I was looking that direction, you know right away... it's like, where's it coming from, and then I looked a little bit closer to me, and then that's when I saw the actual person giving him CPR and some dude laying on the ground," Elijah Ortiz Y Pino said.
The Esther Bone Memorial Library will be closed until further notice due to the ongoing investigation.
No further details have been released; stay with KOB.com for the latest developments.