Updated: Monday, June 14 (10 a.m.)
A man has been arrested after leading a Taos Police officer on a chase that ended with gunfire. 18-year-old Antonio Olivares of Albuquerque, was arrested Saturday (June 12) and charged with three felonies and several misdemeanors after stealing a vehicle and shooting at the officer.
The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau, who are investigating the incident, said the shooting occurred around 3 a.m. Saturday, when a Taos Police officer attempted to pull over a Hyundai SUV on Pase del Cañon, which ended up leading to “a vehicle and foot pursuit in the area of 373 Cruz Alta Road,” according to a tweet from NMSP.
Olivares led the officer on a short pursuit, turning onto Cruz Alta Road and ultimately crashing the vehicle on Fernandez Road.
He then fled the scene on foot, at which point shots were fired between Olivares and the officer. Though Olivates was struck with a bullet during the pursuit, he was able to evade the officer. A perimeter was established and shortly after, Olivares was found on Gusdorf Place.
He was taken to Holy Cross Medical Center, then airlifted to Albuquerque for non-life-threatening injuries.
The officer was not injured during the gunfire. "By the grace of a higher power our officer survived this one," said Taos Police Chief John Wentz.
It was learned that Olivares had stolen the vehicle.
Olivares was charged with assault with intent to commit a violent felony upon a peace officer, a second degree felony; aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, a fourth degree felony; receiving or transferring stolen vehicles or motor vehicle, a fourth degree felony; reckless driving and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, both misdemeanors; and negligent use of a deadly weapon, a petty misdemeanor.
The name of the Taos Police officer has not been released.
This is a developing story. Check back for additional details.