GALLUP, N.M. (KRQE) – The State Police Chief says an officer jumped into a car when a suspect took off during a traffic stop. That scary situation resulted in the officer shooting the driver.
When asked about the officer’s decision to get in the car with the suspect, Chief Kassetas said it is not common.
“Does it happen? Yeah. No, we certainly don’t like to see that, but the officer’s doing his job, trying to get the vehicle and the person stopped.”
Thompson’s condition remains unknown.
Police say they don’t know yet why Thompson tried to take off, but did say he’s had some gun charges in the past.