Fatal car chase investigation continues

Posted at: 10/22/2013 6:55 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Two police officers are recovering Tuesday night.  One is a State Police officer who was shot.  The other, a Roswell detective, was hit by a truck.  It all happened after a car chase in Chaves County Monday morning.  KOB Eyewitness News 4 talked to State Police about what officers are up against when they head to work.

It started as a traffic stop Monday morning on US 285 south of Roswell, but ended with one person dead and an officer shot.

State Police spokesperson Emmanuel Gutierrez said it’s a situation officers have to be ready for.

“There is no such thing as a routine traffic stop. An officer as soon as he engages his lights, gets out of his vehicle, and starts to approach the violator vehicle.  You just don't know what you're going to come across," said Gutierrez.

Investigators said 30-year-old Christoval Quintana refused to stop when they tried pulling him over.  They stopped him with spike strips, and that’s when police say he started firing at State Police.

“It’s just something as quick as a flash can occur," said Gutierrez.

State police said they had no choice but to defend themselves and fire back.  Those bullets killed Quintana.  

The highway has since been reopened, but for some people involved in the chaos it's going to be a long road of recovery.

A Roswell police officer who was trying to direct traffic near the shooting scene was hit by a truck.  He’s in serious condition at a Texas hospital.

“We don't want to give any details of his injuries, but we can say that he is in serious condition and he has injuries from head to toe," said Roswell Police Public Information Officer, Sabrina Morales.

Roswell Police are hopeful he will make a full recovery.