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Man involved in police shootout identified


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Authorities have identified the man who allegedly opened fire at a Chaves County sheriff’s deputy Wednesday night along U.S. Route 380.


Chadwick Taylor, 40, of Conchas Dam, was located and taken into custody around 8 p.m. Wednesday night, according to a news release issued Thursday morning from New Mexico State Police.
Taylor was transported to the Chaves County Detention Center in Roswell, where he was booked and charged with one count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting/evading a police officer.
On Wednesday around 6:33 p.m., New Mexico State Police were informed of a shooting involving Chaves County Sheriff’s Office deputies on U.S. Route 380 near milepost 195.
Police said Taylor fired several shots from a handgun at the sheriff’s deputy, who returned fire.

After the exchange of gunfire, police said the suspect fled into neighboring sand dunes off U.S. Route 380. Taylor was found east of the shooting location a few hours later and arrested.
According to the news release, there were no injuries sustained by anyone involved in the incident.
State police said the name of the deputy involved in the shooting will not be released until interviews are completed and that the case is still under investigation.