NMSP Investigates OIS Involving Socorro County Sheriff’s Office

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Written by Officer Dusty Francisco 2/27/2022

Socorro County, NM- On February 24, 2022, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate a police shooting involving the Socorro County Sheriff’s Office.

At approximately 9:00 p.m., a Socorro County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) supervisor attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Interstate 25 near Bernardo, NM, on a white Ford Mustang for erratic driving and for not displaying a license plate. The SCSO supervisor initiated a pursuit after the driver of the Mustang refused to pull over and continue to travel north on Interstate 25.

During the pursuit, another SCSO deputy assisted with deploying tire deflation devices. The driver of the Mustang, later identified as Rodolfo Carmona (36), drove over the tire deflation devices. Rodolfo continued to flee east on U.S. Highway 60 before coming to a stop on the roadway. At some point after the Mustang stopped, the SCSO supervisor discharged his department-issued firearm toward the Mustang. The Mustang sped off and fled east again on U.S. Highway 60. As the pursuit continued, the SCSO supervisor utilized a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuver to bring the vehicle to a safe stop. After the PIT maneuver was utilized, another SCSO deputy arrived on scene to assist. SCSO removed Carmona from the vehicle and took him into custody. Two other female passengers who were inside the Mustang were taken into custody without incident by SCSO. The females were identified as Katrina Gobber (35) and Katrina Remillard (29).

The driver, Rodolfo, and the two passengers inside the Mustang were not struck by gunfire.

For information on the criminal charges for Rodolfo, and the two female passengers, please contact SCSO.

No deputies were injured during the incident. The identification of the deputies involved will not be released by the New Mexico State Police. For information on the SCSO deputies, their duty status, and administrative actions, please contact SCSO.

The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau agents work to independently determine the series of events that led up to the shooting, including collecting evidence and conducting interviews. Throughout the process, investigative findings are shared with the district attorney for their review and consideration.

The New Mexico State Police acts solely as factfinders in its cases and does not determine whether the actions of an officer were justified in these types of matters. That decision rests with the district attorney’s office.