Deputy Involved Shooting resulting from Vehicle Pursuit

by Staff Reporter / May 10, 2018 / 0 comments

Deputy Involved Shooting resulting from Vehicle Pursuit

The Rio Arriba County Sherriff’s office released a press release Thursday afternoon confirming that one of their deputies was involved in a shooting of a suspect that led local law enforcement on a three-county chase.

The Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a male fled from a Patrol Deputy and after crashing his vehicle turned the vehicle in the direction of deputies when he was shot by one of the deputies.

On Thursday May 10, 2018 shortly after 9:00 am Rio Arriba Regional Dispatched received a call asking for the Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office to check on a suspicious male sitting inside a vehicle parked on private property in the Village of Dixon. When a Patrol Deputy arrived and made contact with driver, the driver of the vehicle refused to comply with the deputy and drove in the direction of the Deputy striking the marked patrol unit. The Deputy was able to jump out of the path of the vehicle and engage in a pursuit.

The vehicle fled through the Village of Dixon into Taos County into the Village of Penasco before turning back towards Rio Arriba County where a second Deputy was waiting near the Village of Truchas. The second Deputy successfully deployed “Stop-Sticks” causing the pursued vehicle to lose both passenger side tires. The vehicle continued on State Road 76 toward the Village of Chimayo where members of the New Mexico State Police also attempted to deploy “Stop-Sticks”. The vehicle continued through Chimayo entering Santa Fe County where the driver attempted to turn into a private driveway losing control of the vehicle narrowly missing a home owner and her dog.

At this point the vehicle came to a stop in an adjacent driveway where New Mexico State Police used their vehicles to block in the fleeing vehicle. The vehicle did strike at least one patrol unit and started to turn in the direction of the Deputies who had started to approach on foot from the driveway where the vehicle first left the roadway. At that point one Deputy fired a single shot from his department issued sidearm striking the male suspect in the upper left leg. The suspect fled on foot and after a short chase was captured by both Uniform and Criminal Agents from the New Mexico State Police along with Deputies from the Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect was identified as 54 year old Brian Dorais addressed listed as Madrid, NM. Mr. Dorais was treated on scene for a single gunshot wound to his upper left thigh by Law Enforcement before being transported to Espanola Hospital by EMS. His injuries are considered non-life threatening. Mr. Dorais is currently being charged with one count of Aggravated Fleeing and four counts of Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer with a Deadly Weapon. At this time there is no information as to why Mr. Dorais was in the Dixon area or why he fled from the Deputy.

The Deputy who discharged his weapon has been placed on Standard Administrative Leave as per Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office Policy.