Update: OIS involving NMSP in Santa Fe, NM

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Written by Officer Ray Wilson 07/04/2021 Updated 7/23/2021

This update identifies the officers involved, the suspect, and gives additional details that led up to the incident.

Santa Fe, NM – On July 4, 2021, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was notified of an officer involved shooting in Santa Fe, NM involving the New Mexico State Police (NMSP). All officers were uninjured, and the suspect had been transported to a local area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators learned that on July 4, 2021, at around 9:20 a.m., New Mexico State Police Officers Alfredo Moya and Luis Mendez were dispatched to assist the Santa Fe Police Department (SFPD) who had responded to a man sitting on the rail runner tracks near Interstate 25 milepost 275. The suspect, later identified as Jaime Bravo, 40, of Santa Fe, NM, brandished a firearm at the SFPD officers and fled from them. The foot pursuit crossed I-25 and continued into a residential area.

State Police Officers Moya and Mendez located Bravo near Calle Prado and Chaparral in Santa Fe and another foot pursuit ensued. While officers Moya and Mendez pursued him, Bravo turned towards the officers several times and fired multiple shots at them.

Out of fear for their lives, both Officer Moya and Mendez discharged their duty weapons towards Bravo. Bravo was struck in the leg and officers were able to take Bravo into custody without further incident. Emergency aid was rendered to Bravo on scene. He was transported by emergency personnel to an area hospital.

Once released from the hospital, Bravo was booked into the Santa Fe County Detention Center and charged with Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer (3 counts), Resisting and Evading a Police Officer (2 counts), and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Officer Moya has 8 years of law enforcement experience with the New Mexico State Police. Officer Mendez has 8 years of law enforcement experience (4 with New Mexico State Police and 4 with the Rio Rancho Police Department).

Following the incident, both officers were placed on standard administrative leave. This investigation is being led by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau. At the completion of this investigation, the reports will be forwarded to the appropriate district attorney’s office for review.