State Police officer cleared in Santa Fe shooting
SANTA FE (KRQE) – What began as a routine traffic stop turned into a chase and an officer opening fire all in a matter of minutes.
A quiet night in Santa Fe turns into chaos in a matter of just five minutes, when a State Police officer fired shot after shot into a car, killing the woman behind the wheel.
It all started at around 1:15 a.m. on November 7, 2013.
State Police Officer Oliver Wilson tries to pull over a silver Honda Accord with Jeanette Anaya, 39, behind the wheel.
“I’m not sure why the vehicle is running,” Wilson said while in pursuit.
She wasn’t stopping, winding through a neighborhood, so Wilson asks his supervisor if he can bump her car to spin it out.
“Seems to be two occupants, one male, one female,” Wilson radios in.
Wilson gets close enough to stop the car, hitting its back bumper. Anaya then backs into his cruiser and that’s when Wilson draws his gun.
More than a dozen shots ring out as Wilson is heard yelling at Anaya to stop.
“The female is not responding, the vehicle is disabled,” Wilson calls in.
Anaya later died. And just this week, a grand jury cleared the officer.
“The grand jury of Santa Fe County in the investigation of the death of Jeanette Anaya finds it to be a justifiable homicide,” First Judicial District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco said.
Anaya was shot twice in the head.
Her passenger testified to the grand jury that he tried to convince Anaya to pull over. He will not be charged in the case.
It may never be known why Jeannette Anaya led police on that chase.
She didn’t have a long criminal record and she wasn’t wanted for anything, but she did have cocaine in her system.