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Driver shoots New Mexico State Police officer throughout freeway visitors cease, police say

The suspect, Robert Benjamin Nelson of Scottsdale, Arizona, appeared to fireside a number of rounds on the officer’s head as she approached his GMC pickup at about 9:30 a.m., police mentioned.

The officer was struck by the gunfire however was in a position to return hearth, police mentioned. Nelson then allegedly fled the scene on I-40, and the officer obtained again to her automobile and chased after him, police mentioned.

After a brief pursuit, the suspect allegedly stopped on the freeway and exited his automobile. Officers from Laguna Police Department arrived to assist the state police officer, and Nelson was taken into custody with out additional incident, police mentioned.

Nelson was booked into the Cibola County Detention Center and charged with try to commit homicide, aggravated battery upon peace officer, capturing from a motorcar and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

Details main as much as the visitors cease and subsequent capturing are underneath investigation by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau, the assertion says.

According to the FBI’s knowledge on Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, a complete of two,116 officers had been assaulted by firearms in 2018, and 6.1% of these officers had been injured. Also in 2018, 55 legislation enforcement officers died whereas within the line of obligation from felonious assaults and 51 died in accidents, FBI knowledge discovered.

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