Suspected drunk driver shot in Chaves County officer-involved shooting

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – An officer-involved shooting left a suspect injured in Chaves County Sunday morning.

Chaves County Sherrif’s Office says the Roswell Police Department was first called to investigate a possible drunk driver passed out behind the wheel near Poe and Atkinson around 7:30 a.m.

When they arrived, Jose Manuel Diaz Montelongo drove off and was pursued to a house near Old Dexter Highway and Brasher Road in the county where a standoff took place.

Deputies and the Roswell SWAT Team were called out.

After an extended attempt by officers to get the man into custody, he fled from the area by driving through fences to get onto the Old Dexter Highway. A witness with the Chaves County News Network who provided video of the standoff to KRQE News 13 and says Diaz Montelongo fired shots as he fled.

The second pursuit continued until Diaz Montelongo got to the county’s old armory on Alamo Road, then exited his vehicle and shot at officers once again.

The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office said citizens and a New Mexico Military Institute Officer happened to be in the area where Diaz Montelongo got out of his car and started shooting at police. Those people shot at Diaz Montelongo, along with deputies and police who returned fire.

Diaz Montelongo is believed to have been hit by gunfire at least three times. He was taken into custody and is expected to live.

No one else was injured in the incident.

Sheriff Britt Snyder says the 30-year-old is an undocumented immigrant who is familiar with law enforcement in the area. Snyder called him a convicted felon, although KRQE News 13 couldn’t find any felony convictions in New Mexico.

Snyder also said Diaz Montelongo has pending charges on a federal drug-trafficking charge and is wanted by ICE.

Deputies reportedly tried to have him deported in 2011 after he shot himself in the head in front of deputies, but they were unsuccessful due to his pending medical expenses at the time.

New Mexico State Police, Roswell Police and the Sheriff’s Office are investigating Sunday’s shooting.

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