NMSP explains why two officers shot woman

Posted at: 07/18/2014 6:10 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

State police officials explained Friday why two officers shot a woman on Tuesday.

State police say they saw Roxanne Torres, 28, in the driver seat of a Toyota Cruiser at an apartment complex near San Mateo and I-25. Police say they were actually there to arrest Kayenta Jackson. 

Police asked Torres to get out and police say instead, she sped toward an officer. Police say two officers fired 13 rounds total at her, hitting her once. Torres got away and later stole a Kia, which she drove to Grants hospital where she was found.

Firing at a moving vehicle is typically discouraged but in this case, state police say they were firing to stop Torres from hurting police.

"It's not the same thing. Officers were firing to protect their lives, they were firing at the driver to stop the action, the action was the 3000 plus pound vehicle coming at them. Very different," said NMSP Chief Pete Kassetas.

Torres had entry and exit wounds in her right shoulder and in her back. She has been charged with stealing a car and assaulting the officers, and will also be charged for possession of heroin.