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Santa Fe Officer Shoots Suspect After 110-MPH Chase

Houston Chronicle via YellowBrix

January 08, 2010

SANTA FE, NM – A Santa Fe police officer shot and wounded a man who sped away after he was stopped for speeding and led police chase that hit 110 mph, officials said.

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The chase ended and the shooting happened soon after 11 p.m. in a wooded area near FM 2004 and the Interstate 45 feeder road in La Marque when the man crashed, according to the Santa Fe Police Department.

After the wreck, the man apparently tried to drive into the officers who were chasing him.

The officer, whose name has not been released, fired at least once as the man drove toward him. The suspect , 35, was rushed to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston with a single gunshot wound. His condition was not immediately known.

No other injuries were reported.

Investigators said that a sergeant stopped the man for speeding in the 4200 block of Warpath in Santa Fe about 11 p.m. Then the driver sped away.

The man lost control of his 2005 Toyota pickup and crashed in the wooded area. When officers got out of their squad cars and walked toward the truck, the man drove toward them, officials said. That’s when the officer fired.

Investigators said that the man told them he sped away and threatened the officers because he wanted to commit “suicide by cop.”

The Galveston County District Attorney’s Office and the sheriff’s office are investigating the case.

The officers involved in the chase and shooting are on paid administrative leave, which is common in such cases.


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