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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 ‚Äúsuicide by cop.‚ÄĚ

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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    texvetride

    over 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    Good Job, Brothers. Bad guy down, Officers go home! Oh ya, when did they move IH-45 to NM?

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    Ahi

    over 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    Good job officers, glad to hear none of you got hurt.

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    bklyn

    over 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    Good shooting , driver almost got what he wished for.
    hope you get back to the road soon.
    my partner and me were in same situation. (see photo in my wrecks pics)

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    Barbrady

    over 4 years ago

    394 Comments

    officer went home...glad to hear it

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    SERT0629

    over 4 years ago

    474 Comments

    Good shoot.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Good job to the officers!

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    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    10906 Comments

    Glad none of the officers got hurt. Why can't morons like this just take some sleeping pills and go away quietly, instead of jeopardizing countless lives like this ??

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    41136 Comments

    I'm real thankful the good guy didn't get shot this time!

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    TellerDep

    over 4 years ago

    2812 Comments

    GOOD DEAL!!

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    ajsdaddyBPD

    over 4 years ago

    2776 Comments

    Good shoot!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Glad they are going home. One more for the good guys. (Yup, this is in Texas, not New Mexico.)

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    GREAT JOB , ONE FOR THE GOOD GUYS OUTSTANDING JOB,STAY SAFE OUT THERE

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Judgement...Justified shooting. ...well done!

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    jwoodruf

    over 4 years ago

    62 Comments

    I live in Houston, this is the Santa Fe in Texas...between Houston and Galveston. I am actually surprised he didn't get his wish.

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    s3sk

    over 4 years ago

    3308 Comments

    that officers going home to his family. sounds good to me too.

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