Silver City, NM/Grant County
On Thursday, October 5, 2017, around 2:00 a.m., the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Silver City, New Mexico.
New Mexico State Police investigators responded and learned that around 1:10 a.m., Grant County Regional Dispatch was notified to be on the lookout for a white 2002 Toyota 4-Runner recently taken from Las Cruces. Dispatchers learned the vehicle was driven by 41 year-old Michael Aguirre of Silver City who had cut off a court ordered ankle monitor in Las Cruces, attacked his mother, and stole her vehicle. (This portion of the investigation is being handled by the Las Cruces Police Department.)
At around 1:22 a.m., deputies located the vehicle and got into a short pursuit, the pursuit was eventually assumed by Silver City Police Department. During the pursuit Mr. Aguirre turned onto Casa Loma Road, executed a U-turn and struck a Silver City Police Department patrol car. The officer fired at Mr. Aguirre striking him in the neck, and was taken into custody by the officers. Mr. Aguirre was transported to University Medical Center in El Paso by air ambulance for non-life threatening injuries.
Earlier this year Mr. Aguirre was charged with domestic violence, and receiving a stolen firearm on two separate cases.
The name of the officer involved will not be released until after all interviews are conducted.
This incident is being investigated by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau, with no further information available at this time. Upon completion of this investigation, the case will be forwarded to an assigned district attorney for review.