CHAVES COUNTY, NM (KRQE) – It’s been an especially dangerous week for New Mexico law enforcement, with a series of officer-involved shootings.
Wednesday, it was a Chaves County deputy dodging bullets.
It all began near a rest stop off of US 380 east of Roswell when deputies responded to reports of a suspicious man. It wasn’t long before bullets were flying.
“They were talking to this individual and he tells them right away he doesn’t’ like cops and doesn’t’ want to talk to them. (He) walks away across the road, across both lanes of traffic, away from the deputy and produces a handgun and begins firing in the deputies direction,” said Britt Snyder, Chaves County Sheriff.
Police identified that man as 40-year-old Chadwick Taylor. He shot five rounds at them, none of which hit deputies.
A Chaves County deputy shot back but didn’t hit Taylor, and he fled into the nearby sand dunes.
“It’s a matter of taking cover because you don’t know what’s going to happen next and calling for assistance. We’ve got an armed individual running loose out here that just shot at a deputy,” Snyder said.
Additional deputies, State Police and other agencies quickly arrived and helped find Taylor after a few hours.
Deputies and other investigators returned to search the area Thursday afternoon.
KRQE News 13 asked if they were looking for anything specific and they found a gun and knife hidden in the dunes.
Officers say they still don’t know why Taylor was out here and what he was doing. KRQE News 13 couldn’t find a criminal record for Taylor.
The sheriff says the incident happened in an area where his deputies don’t get a good radio signal, so they weren’t able to call for back up. He says a Good Samaritan helped deputies call for help. The radio issue has been an ongoing problem for them.