Officer shot during traffic stop in New Mexico

Officer shot during traffic stop in New Mexico

A New Mexico State Police officer was shot at Saturday after pulling a driver over on a highway, police said in a statement Sunday. 

Police said the officer was shot after pulling over a GMC pickup on Interstate 40 near Laguna, N.M., by the man driving the truck. The suspect was identified as Robert Benjamin Nelson, 28, of Scottsdale, Ariz. 

Nelson “appeared to fire multiple rounds” at the officer’s head, police said. The officer was able to recover and fired back at the driver, police said. 

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Despite having sustained injuries, the officer returned to her vehicle and pursued Nelson, who continued eastbound on I-40, police said. 

Nelson was then stopped on the interstate and taken into custody by Laguna police officers who arrived to assist the state police officer, authorities said. 

Nelson is charged with attempt to commit murder, aggravated battery, shooting from a motor vehicle, and resisting, evading and obstructing an officer.

The state police officer involved is also commissioned as a federal task force officer, meaning Nelson could also face federal charges, according to state police. 

The state police officer sustained non-life threatening injuries. She was taken to an area hospital where she was treated and released.