NM Police: Crime Spree Ends with 1 Suspect Dead

Dec 29, 2013

PLACITAS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say one suspect is dead and two others are in custody following a crime spree that stretched from Albuquerque to the village of Placitas.

Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says it began late Friday when Albuquerque police began pursuing shoplifting suspects in a stolen vehicle.

The chase headed north on Interstate 25, with Albuquerque police tracking the vehicle by helicopter. A state police officer then began following the speeding vehicle.

The pursuit ended in Placitas as the three passengers got out of the car and fled on foot. They shot at police but the officers did not return fire.

Two suspects came out of the woods and surrendered, while the third died from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Gutierrez says the case remains under investigation.