CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Newly released New Mexico State Police reports detail a wild scene before the deadly Carlsbad police shooting of 24-year-old Troy Kirkpatrick. It all started at a local doctor’s office in June 2014.
Carlsbad police say Kirkpatrick, an inmate at the Eddy County Detention Center, was getting x-rays. During his appointment, the jail guard went to grab some paperwork and Kirkpatrick fled.
Dashcam video shows officers trying to track him down.
Police say Kirkpatrick ran into a nearby home and asked a woman and her young children to cut his cuffs and shackles off. When they refused, police say Kirkpatrick got into their van and took off leading officers on a wild chase through town.
The chase ended in alley. Police say Kirkpatrick ran into a neighbors fence then tried to hit an officer with the stolen van.
That’s when officers opened fire. Nineteen bullet casings were found at the scene, according to police. Six of the bullets hit Kirkpatrick in his legs, arms and back. He died at a local hospital the same day.
The district attorney has ruled the shooting justified. In a findings letter sent to the Carlsbad Police Department , she says Kirkpatrick was a threat and officers pulled the trigger to defend themselves.
One of the officers involved did tase Kirkpatrick, but according to the police report it didn’t work.
New Mexico State Police say it doesn’t appear the escape was planned.
Kirkpatrick had a long criminal history and was most recently locked up for burglary.