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Driver leads NMSP officers on wild chase before crash, deadly standoff – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021-01-15 20:03:11 –

Albuquerque, New Mexico (KRQE) -A shooting investigation in Los Lunas passed Albuquerque along the interstate highway, eventually chased by Laguna. After a tense standoff, police shot dead the suspect.

The tense chase escalated to standoffs. The suspect led the police from Valencia County to Albuquerque when the state police took over, and in October headed I-40 west towards Grants for more than 30 minutes. There are close calls one after another, and the suspect’s SUV goes in and out of the traffic.

The police officer in front finds a traffic break and pulls out the spike strip. “I got him, I got him,” the policeman shouts as the SUV passes by.

The driver will continue for about 15 minutes, but it is a PIT operation to do the driver near the Laguna exit. Still, he’s not over yet. For a few minutes, the policeman stagnated and was unable to peacefully surrender to the driver.

“He’s moving, he’s moving,” said an officer with his collar camera. “He has a rifle.”

A Laguna tribal police officer intervenes to stop him and places a non-lethal bean bag in the rear driver’s side window. A few seconds later, the driver engages in a shootout with the police. The shooting stops and they take another bean bag shot to see if he reacts.

“He’s not moving at all, he’s not moving,” said one officer. “Show me your hand,” another shouted after the second bean bag shot.

As he approached the car, a policeman pulled a large rifle out of the car and the driver, Richard Romero, 49, died on the scene. The police officers involved in the chase and shootout were not injured.

Romero’s criminal record includes a number of felony drug charges. The officer spoke with Romero’s parents who said Romero was behaving strangely in advance. They said they believed that mental illness could have played a role.

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