Chase leads to gunfire, standoff

EDDY COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – An attempted traffic stop went out of control Wednesday when two suspects in a silver Honda allegedly sped away from a deputy, shot at her and ran into a vacant residence.

Just after midnight, The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office says one of its female deputies tried to stop a vehicle because its headlights were off.

Instead of pulling over, deputies say a 30-year-old male and his 17-year-old nephew who were inside the car sped off.

Officials say they took the deputy on a wild chase through town and that’s not all.

“The passenger of the vehicle shot a few rounds toward the deputy,” said Eddy County Sheriff Scott London.

London says one of the suspects opened fire at least seven times, but the deputy never shot back.

Deputies say the vehicle eventually came to a stop a couple of miles from where the pursuit started.

They say the two suspects got out of their car, ran to a nearby house and barricaded themselves inside.

That’s when a seven-hour swat standoff began.

“I just heard the detective say we’ve got the place surrounded this is the Carlsbad police department come out with your hands or we will use force,” said Alberta Melendrez.

Carlsbad SWAT and Sheriff’s deputies say they had to release multiple cans of tear-gas into the house.

Hours later, they sent in a tactical team and arrested the two suspects as they hid out in the attic.

Neighbors say they’re relieved it’s over.

“Our walls in our house are pretty thin. Not only that, but the windows are right by our beds so if anything would have ricochet or bounced off it could have went into our house,” said Andrew Melendrez.

Deputies say they’re still investigating which suspect fired.

No on was injured.

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