New Mexico

State police investigate deadly shooting involving Ruidoso police, alleged vehicle burglars

New Mexico State police investigate...

RUIDOSO, NM - New Mexico State Police investigators say that round 6am on Sunday Ruidoso police dispatched an officer to investigate a burglary in progress at a home on Timberline Drive.


Shortly after the first officer arrived on the scene he called out "shots fired" over the police radio.


Investigators found out the responding officer was standing outside his patrol car when he was struck by two suspects driving two separate vehicles as they attempted to flee the scene.


The first vehicle, identified as a Ford Mustang, driven by 28 year old Johnathon Brownell struck the officer. The officer fired at the vehicle striking Brownell.


The second vehicle, identified as a Ford Pickup truck driven by 31 year old Marlysa Sanchez also drove into the officer hitting him a second time and knocking him to the ground.

The officer fired his weapon striking Ms.Sanchez who sustained a fatal gunshot wound and died at the scene.


Mr. Brownell attempted to flee the scene, striking an additional police unit.


He was taken into custody and transported to University Medical Center in El Paso by air ambulance. He is currently in stable condition at UMC.


The Ruidoso police officer sustained injuries during the incident but is now in stable condition at an area hospital.


Brownell was charged with 3 counts of Aggravated Battery on a Peace Officer, Assault with intent to commit a violent felony on a Peace officer, Aggravated Fleeing a Law Enforcement officer, receiving a Stolen Vehicle and driving with a suspended license.