ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Video released by police provides a look at what happened during a deadly overnight officer-involved shooting in Roswell.
Police released the video Wednesday afternoon. It shows how quickly things escalated after police spotted a stolen vehicle and then came face to face with the man who claimed to own it.
A Roswell officer was on patrol at 2 a.m. outside Motel 6 on North Main Street. It was part of an effort to step up patrols around motels after a rash of car break-ins.
A check of a red car parked right outside the motel entrance showed that it had been reported stolen in Albuquerque.
In the lapel video, a man exits the motel wearing a security guard uniform. Police say that man, 30-year-old Shayne Romero, said the car was his. But when an officer attempted to continue talking to him, Romero’s walk turned into a run.
“As the suspect was trying to elude the officer, he pulled a gun from somewhere on his person,” Todd Wildermuth, Roswell Police Department spokesperson, said.
Video shows a gun battle erupt in the Motel 6 parking lot.
Police say the suspect shot at the officer, prompting the officer to take cover and fire back.
The officer hit Romero in the leg and in the shoulder, causing him to collapse on the sidewalk.
“The other, second officer arrived, commanded the suspect to give up his weapon. The suspect did not do that,” Wildermuth said.
Instead of putting the gun down, police say Romero turned his gun on himself. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
No officers were injured, but Roswell police say it’s a troubling reminder of what officers face every day.
“They don’t know what they’re going to encounter when they just walk up to a vehicle,” Wildermuth said. “Whether it be a simple traffic stop or a stolen car, like it was in this case.”
Police say during the shooting, a woman in the stolen car got away.
They believe it could be Lexi Montanez, and they are asking for help to find her for questioning.
Police say after checking with the security company affiliated with the uniform Romero was wearing, they think the uniform may have been stolen.
However, they are still investigating why he was wearing it in the first place.
KRQE News 13 checked Romero’s criminal history and found the only thing on his record in New Mexico was a traffic ticket.