Las Vegas police officer shoots at wanted man

Las Vegas police car

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico State Police are investigating an incident involving a wanted man who was shot at by a Las Vegas police officer and then managed to get away.

The Las Vegas Optic reports 30-year-old Marvin Maestas was wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on July 22 when officers from the Las Vegas Police Department spotted his vehicle Friday morning.

According to a release from the state police, the officer found Maestas in the car with a rifle. Maestas ignored the officer’s commands and then fled the area after striking a police car.

The news release states that the officer fired his weapon at some point during the incident.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave.

It’s not clear what new charges Maestas is facing. 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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