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New Mexico police shoot suspect during chase in Santa Fe

July 5, 2021 GMT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the third shooting by law enforcement officers in Santa Fe in the past two weeks.

In the latest case, New Mexico State Police officers shot and wounded a suspect Sunday morning during a foot chase in a neighborhood on the city’s south side.

State police officers were dispatched to help with a call that involved a man who was sitting on the train tracks near Interstate 25.

Authorities said in a news release that the suspect pointed a gun at officers before running across the interstate and toward a residential area. The man fired at least one shot at officers during the chase.

Officers fired back, shooting the unidentified man at least once. Authorities said he was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.

State police also are investigating two other shootings by officers in Santa Fe, including one on June 23 in which a suspect in an earlier shooting at park was killed by Santa Fe police near Loretto Chapel. That same evening, Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputies killed a man who pointed a gun at them after leading them on a car chase.