Chaves County- On October 21, 2013, at approximately 9:15 am, New Mexico State Police Sergeant Lawrence Murray, Officer Genaro Gaytan, and Chavez County Deputy Albert Padilla were involved in a pursuit with suspect Cristoval Quintana on US 285, south of Roswell NM.
At the intersection of US 285 and Chickasaw Road gun fire was exchanged between Sergeant Lawrence Murray and Mr. Quintana. At this time, Sergeant Murray was struck in the upper thigh area by a round fired from a shotgun operated by Mr. Quintana.
Mr. Quintana drove his vehicle west on Chickasaw Road approximately half a mile and stopped. At this location Mr. Quintana was fatally shot. Officers located a sawed off 12 gauge shotgun in the immediate area of Quintana’s body. According to the OMI report Mr. Quintana did suffer a fatal gunshot wound.
Sergeant Lawrence Murray has recovered from the gunshot wound he sustained from the incident. This investigation has been turned over to the Chavez County District Attorney’s Office for review.
ROSWELL, N.M. —A state police sergeant was shot in the thigh during a shootout following a high-speed chase Monday morning near Roswell, according to the New Mexico State Police.
Around 8 a.m., a state police sergeant tried to pull over Cristoval Quintana, 30, who left his significant other on the side of the road. When the sergeant turned on her lights and sirens, Qunitana sped off in an attempt to flee.
After a 4-mile chase, state police used a spike strip to stop Qunitana. As his vehicle slowed to a stop, police said Qunitana fired several gunshots and hit another state police sergeant in the leg.
Police fired back and fatally wounded Qunitana. State police said Qunitana had a violent criminal history.
State police said the sergeant was taken to the hospital for evaluation. The sergeant has been released from the hospital.
The moments leading up to the shootout in Roswell that ended with a gunman dead and police officer injured were caught on camera.
James Cupp, who shot the home video from his phone Monday morning, said he didn’t even realize what he was witnessing for a few minutes. The state police car in front of him was going so slow along US 285 he thought someone’s vehicle was breaking down, not that a violent shootout was about to occur.
“OK, we’re on a slow speed chase,” Cupp is heard saying on the phone video. “We’ve got traffic on both sides blocked off.”
Cupp said he traveled for about four miles like this, with the getaway car moving at a snail’s pace.
“For some reason, this guy wouldn’t go any faster than five miles per hour,” he said.
State police said the green Jaguar they were after was being driven by a convicted felon, Christoval Quintana, 30, of Lovington, N.M.
The shootout began, at mile marker 87 on the freeway; but before that, Cupp told Action 7 News police were trying everything to stop Quintana.
“The guy won’t pull over they’ve already pulled out spike strips,” Cupp said.
When Quintana finally did stop, police say he opened fire first.
Cupp has a different version of events; he believes police coming from the other direction blocked off Quintana’s car, and it was an officer who walked up to the passenger’s side and fired the first shot.
“He just casually walked up … right up to the side window, and stood there not even for a split second, and next thing you know he just unloads his gun into the side window,” Cupp said.
Even after that, Cupp said Quintana’s car started inching along, and then, “all of a sudden everybody just started unloading their guns.”
Quintana later died from his injuries. The state police sergeant, whose name has not yet been released, is recovering.
After speaking to Cupp, Action 7 News called State Police to inquire about his version of events. Sergeant Emmanuel Gutierrez maintains the version that Quintana fired first, though he did ask for Cupp’s contact information to interview him, and added that the case is still under investigation.