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Deputy in officer-involved shooting is 10-year veteran of Sheriff’s Office

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Authorities have released the name of the Chaves County deputy who returned gunfire during an officer-involved shooting that occurred last month along U.S. Route 380.

On July 26, at about 6:33 p.m., New Mexico State Police were advised of an officer-involved shooting on US 380 near milepost 195.
The shooting involved Chaves County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
NMSP’s public information officer Carl Christiansen said in a news release that deputy Michael Ray of the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office returned fire after he and another deputy were shot at numerous times. Ray is a 10-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office.
Following the exchange of gunfire, the suspect — 40-year-old Chadwick Taylor, fled into the adjacent sand dunes off US 380, Christiansen said.

Taylor, of Conchas Dam, was located and taken into custody without incident by authorities around 8 p.m.
U.S. 380 from mile post 162 through mile post 201 was closed to traffic for the majority of the night while the NMSP’s Investigations Bureau conducted a processing of the scene and collected evidence.
According to the news release, there were no injuries sustained by anyone involved in the incident. Taylor was transported to Roswell for booking at the Chaves County Detention Center and charged with one count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting/evading a police officer.
State police said the case is active and still under investigation.

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