N.M. deputy shot in face after high-speed chase
By The ASSOCIATED PRESS
At least one person was shot when deputies exchanged gunfire with occupants of the fleeing vehicle Saturday night, but no information on the assailant's identity or condition was immediately released.
Sgt. Kory Faulk was released Sunday from San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, sheriff's officials said. He was hospitalized overnight after sustaining gunshot wounds to his nose and a hand.
Another bullet grazed Faulk's head but none of the injuries was considered serious.
"We definitely anticipate a speedy return to duty," sheriff's spokesman Lt. Tyler Truby said.
The person shot by authorities was taken to the Farmington hospital while a second was taken into custody and a third, who jumped from the vehicle as it fled authorities near Bloomfield, also was hospitalized.
The FBI took over the case because the chase crossed parts of the so-called checkerboard area south of Bloomfield, which includes Navajo tribal lands.
Police ended their part of the chase at city limits, but deputies took over and continued to receive fire from the vehicle as it traveled on U.S. 550 and, later, along a county road.
The chase ended when deputies rammed the vehicle to stop it at a housing area near New Mexico 371. The highway runs south from Farmington to Crownpoint.
A witness, Melaine Begaye, said she was driving from the complex to Farmington when her pickup truck was struck by the fleeing vehicle. She said after the car stopped, police left their vehicles and exchanged gunfire.
Sheriff Bob Melton said deputies returned fire after shots were fired at them.
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