Isleta, NM – On August 31, 2023, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate a shooting on Interstate 25 northbound south of Isleta.
Investigations Bureau agents learned that at around 2:00 p.m., a New Mexico State Police officer conducted a welfare check on a vehicle on the shoulder of Interstate 25 around the 209-mile marker. The officer quickly learned that a road rage incident had just occurred, and someone had been struck by gunfire.
Agents learned that two vehicles were involved in some kind of altercation while driving north on Interstate 25. The two vehicles pulled over and 37-year-old Sergio Marinelarena-Porras exited his vehicle and approached the other driver. At some point during the altercation, shots were fired, and Mr. Marinelarena-Porras was stuck by gunfire. During the investigation, a knife was recovered at the crime scene.
A 43 old male was detained at the scene. Mr. Marinelarena-Porras was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.
This case is actively being investigated by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau.