State Police Investigate Police Shooting Involving SF County Sheriff’s Office
SANTA FE, N.M. ― The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate a police shooting May 27 involving the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department (SFCSO).
SFCSO deputies responded to a domestic violence call at 32 Quail Run Dr., south of Santa Fe. As Deputy Frederick Trujillo arrived at the residence, he observed a male identified as Melisco Gallegos, 25, of Santa Fe yelling at deputies who were on scene prior to his arrival.
Deputy Trujillo attempted to make contact with Gallegos, who fled the residence in a station wagon. While Deputy Trujillo and other deputies were completing their investigation, Gallegos returned to the residence. He exited the station wagon and got into the driver’s seat of a white GMC pickup on the property and left the property again. A short pursuit ensued, which led back to the residence. Gallegos began ramming two parked SFCSO police vehicles.
Gallegos then intentionally drove toward a police vehicle that Deputy Trujillo was inside. Deputy Trujillo feared he was going to be crushed inside the police vehicle and discharged his department issued weapon striking Gallegos’s vehicle. Gallegos then drove toward the other deputies and struck one of the patrol vehicles again.
Gallegos fled on foot and was taken into custody without further incident a short time later.
Deputy Trujillo and another SFCSO deputy sustained minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital. Gallegos was uninjured from the incident.
Gallegos was charged with the following:
- Aggravated Battery on a Peace Officer (3 Counts);
- Criminal Damage to Property (4 counts); and
- Resisting, Evading or Obstructing an Officer.
Deputy Trujillo has been employed with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office for 3 years and 10 months. For information regarding the domestic violence and administrative actions, contact the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. No further information is available.