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Los Lunas, New Mexico OIS Q5 by cop.

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  1. RodneyFarva

    RodneyFarva Get off my lawn!

    Pucker factor of 9.5 but still a good shot.

    Los Lunas, New Mexico — On November 19, 2020, at approximately 8:32 a.m., a New Mexico State Police Officer observed a grey Chrysler 200 passenger vehicle with an Indiana license plate and rear end damage traveling north at a speed of 93 mph on Manzano Expressway in Los Lunas, NM. The posted speed limit in that area is 45 mph. Before the officer was able to turn on his emergency equipment, the vehicle abruptly pulled to the right of the road and stopped. The officer exited his unit to make contact with the driver of the Chrysler. The driver sped away and as a result the officer initiated a pursuit. The pursuit continued north on Manzano Expressway at a high rate of speed. The suspect drove his vehicle in and out of opposing lanes of traffic. This forced the driver of a white box truck to leave the roadway in order to avoid a head-on collision. During the 3-minute pursuit, tire deflation devices were deployed. The suspect avoided the devices by traveling into oncoming traffic. This prompted a State Police supervisor to immediately terminate the pursuit as the fleeing driver’s disregard for other motorists became more apparent. After the pursuit was terminated, State Police officers stopped to check on the driver in the white box truck. The driver of the white box truck was visibly shaken up due to the near collision. At approximately 8:39 a.m. as officers were speaking with said driver, dispatch notified them of a male subject standing in the middle of Manzano Expressway attempting to stop traffic. Officers responded to the area where the male subject was reported to be standing in the road. When State Police officers arrived to the location described by dispatch, they saw the suspect from the pursuit standing in the middle of the road next to the grey Chrysler 200. Officers also observed clothing in the southbound lane of Manzano Expressway. As the officers were trying to talk to the suspect, he kneeled on the ground and made the symbol of a gun with his right hand towards his head. The officers attempted to conduct a felony stop to safely take the suspect into custody. As officers gave him commands, he ignored their commands and began to walk towards the front of his vehicle. The suspect told a State Police sergeant “you can cuff me” and told the second officer to stay where he was at. The State Police sergeant approached the suspect and secured the suspect’s right hand in a handcuff. At that time, the suspect turned towards the State Police sergeant, grabbed his duty weapon and attempted to pull the gun from the sergeant’s holster. Fearing for the sergeant’s life, New Mexico State Police Officer Gene Gonzales drew his duty weapon and fired two rounds in an attempt to stop the attack on the sergeant. The suspect was struck twice by the officer’s gunfire. The officers immediately called an ambulance for the suspect. Moments later, the suspect is heard on the body worn camera saying, “Can you finish me, please?” to which Officer Gonzales replied, “No.” Officers tried multiple times to safely secure the suspect. He refused to comply with their commands. Officers feared he would continue attempts to disarm them. Officers asked the suspect why he tried to take the sergeant’s gun and the suspect responded, “That’s what I thought you were supposed to do.” While trying to safely render aid, the suspect attempted to stand up again and stated, “(expletive) you all Mexicans, stupid (expletive), that’s why I am coming for all you all.” The suspect then laid back on the ground at which point the officers were able to render aid until EMS personnel arrived. EMS arrived on scene and the suspect was transported to a hospital in Albuquerque where he later succumbed to his injuries. Through the Office of the Medical Investigator, the suspect was later identified as Rodney Applewhite (25) of South Bend, Indiana. New Mexico State Police Officer Gene Gonzales was placed on standard administrative leave. Officer Gonzales has been with the New Mexico State Police for approximately 12 years and 5 months.
  2. PG1911

    PG1911 Back Out in the Sticks

    Another case of suicide by cop, it looks like. Glad the good guys are okay.
  3. LA Copper

    LA Copper Subscribing Member

    Anything's possible but I'm guessing if he wanted to do the suicide by cop thing, all he had to do was charge at the officers.

    This looks more like a suspect taking advantage of very poor tactics. Why the heck would they walk up on this guy, knowing about the pursuit and seeing the way he's acting, with their guns holstered... especially the sergeant. This suspect saw that and took advantage of them by trying to take the sergeant's gun. They're both lucky it wasn't a good grab, which gave the partner officer time to react. This never should've happened like this in the first place and was completely avoidable.

    The old saying of, "Bad tactics lead to good shootings" is very evident with this one. Don't give the bad guy the opportunity to get the advantage on us. Take your time and don't rush things. The officers are in charge, not the suspects in these situations.

    I too am glad they are both still here to talk about it.
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  4. RodneyFarva

    RodneyFarva Get off my lawn!

    Maybe the fear of a overzealous, head hunting DA kinda like Paul L. Howard ?
  5. LA Copper

    LA Copper Subscribing Member

    We have a new one of those too, George Gascon, so I understand about the DA thing. However, that still doesn't take the place of using good/safe tactics. In fact, all the more reason to be smart in the way we do police work, especially during critical incidents such as these. The idea is to use good tactics to help avoid such incidents rather than give the suspect the opportunity to take advantage of us.

    These videos are excellent learning tools and I'm glad you post them here. If they help just one of us stay safer then that's a good thing. However, on the other hand, it's still disheartening to see that in the year 2020, officers around the country are still not getting it from a tactical standpoint. Hopefully departments around the country are teaching tactics (the right ones) on a consistent basis and then encouraging their officers to follow through with them in the field, my department included.
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  6. EUPD377

    EUPD377 Southern Campus Cop

    Well that was the weirdest/worst felony stop procedure I’ve ever seen.
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  7. Hush

    Hush Moderator Staff Member

    Headline is wrong, should read: "Police murder unarmed black man with hands up."
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