State Police investigate officer-involved shooting in Ruidoso

RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRQE)– New Mexico State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Ruidoso.

According to NMSP, Ruidoso Police were dispatched to a home on Timberline Drive regarding a burglary around 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

Investigators say when an officer arrived at the scene, he was struck by both fleeing suspects who were driving two separate vehicles.

The officer was outside of his patrol car when he was struck by the suspects’ vehicles.

One vehicle, a Ford Mustang, was driven by 28-year-old Johnathon Brownell. The second was a Ford pickup, driven by 31-year-old Marlysa Sanchez.

Brownell struck the officer with his vehicle first, which resulted in the officer firing a shot at him. Sanchez, also struck the officer, knocking him to the ground.

The officer then fired his weapon at Sanchez, where she sustained fatal gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Meanwhile, Brownell attempted to flee the scene and hit another police vehicle. He was eventually was taken into custody and transported to the University Medical Center in El Paso by air ambulance for his injuries. He is currently in stable condition.

Brownell is accused of aggravated battery upon a peace officer, assault with intent to commit a violent felony on a peace officer, receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer; and driving while license suspended.

The incident is still under investigation by the New Mexico State Police.


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