Man shot in face by Santa Fe police identified

Posted at: 08/09/2013 7:36 AM
Updated at: 08/09/2013 12:35 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

New Mexico State Police have released the identity of the man shot by Santa Fe police Thursday night.

State police said 25-year-old Roberto Mendez of Santa Fe fired multiple shots at officers when they attempted to pull him over at the Allsups on Cerrillos Road. Mendez was driving a car matching the description of a stolen vehicle.

Officers pursued Mendez down the road to Big 5 Sporting Goods. Santa Fe police fired back and shot Mendez in the face, according to NMSP.

Mendez is recovering at St. Vincent's Regional Medical Center. Charges are unknown at this time.

Police said another man was with Mendez during the incident. He was taken into custody.