On October 21, 2013, New Mexico State Police Investigation Bureau Sergeant Lawrence Murray stopped to assist a female on the side of the road of US 285. She advised him that her significant other was further up the road. When Sgt. Murray attempted to make contact with the male in his vehicle, he sped off with Sgt. Murray in pursuit. Chaves County Sheriff’s Office and Roswell Police Department responded as back up.
The pursuit continued four miles after the successful deployment of spike strips and when the vehicle rolled to a stop, the suspect exited the vehicle firing at officers, striking Sgt. Murray in the thigh. The officers returned fire, killing the suspect. Sgt. Murray was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.
Investigation revealed that the suspect, later identified as Cristoval Quintana, 30, was a violent offender arrested previously on drug trafficking charges and had armed robbery charges in Albuquerque in 2004. He had been released from prison on probation approximately two months previous to this incident.
While officers at the scene were continuing the investigation, roadblocks were set up and a Roswell PD Detective Sergeant was assisting with traffic control. A commercial vehicle travelling southbound struck another vehicle causing a chain reaction and striking the Sergeant in the median.
One of the drivers was air lifted to a Roswell hospital and pronounced dead on arrival. The Detective Sergeant was airlifted to Lubbock, Texas and was listed in critical condition as a result of the injuries sustained when struck.
The most recent update on the Sergeant’s condition indicated that he has stabilized and will be heading into surgery, though still listed in serious condition. His family has requested that his name be withheld from public release for the time being.
Support and prayers for the Roswell Police Department and the Detective Sergeant are deeply appreciated for his full recovery and return to duty.
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Juli Adcock began her career in law enforcement with the Escambia County Florida Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy until she was injured in a riot situation. She transferred to Judicial Security and retired in 1998. Juli pursued career advancement training with an emphasis on officer survival, interviews and interrogation. She worked with a local Rape Crisis Center and in victim’s advocacy, complementing her college course work in psychology. She currently resides in New Mexico and is an instructor with The Appleseed Project (www.appleseedinfo.org). The Appleseed Project is a rifle marksmanship clinic teaching the fundamentals of firing an accurate round downrange every 3 to 4 seconds, out to 500 yards, as well as American history. She has trained military personnel at White Sands Missile Range who are certifying as Squad Designated Marksmen. Juli instructs basic handgun skills to new gun owners in preparation for responsible personal gun ownership. She also writes for The Badge Guys (www.thebadgeguys.com). She can be reached at [email protected] or through Law Enforcement Today.