Man shot by police files lawsuit

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The man who led New Mexico State Police on a wild chase down I-40 in a stolen school bus is suing the cops who shot him. Nathanial Shipman stole the empty bus from an Albuquerque yard in 2012 then headed down the highway to Grants.

In a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, Shipman claims a Grants police officer shot him there even though he wasn’t a threat. Shipman took off and headed back to Albuquerque where officers eventually stopped him by ramming the bus and spiking his tires. A Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy then shot him.

In the lawsuit, Shipman questions why the deputy fired because he claims he never had a weapon and the bus was disabled.

Neither the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department nor Grants Police wanted to comment. Last year Shipman took a plea deal on aggravated assault charges and is serving probation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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