Man who helped deputy get out of mangled cruiser speaks out

Posted at: 08/06/2014 9:21 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

ALBUQUERQUE -- It was chaotic and terrifying: A man rammed a truck into a Bernalillo County deputy's patrol car twice, trapping him inside Monday.

This happened after that man, identified as Manuel Flores, tried to run down his girlfriend near Coors Boulevard and Gun Club Road.

According to the sheriff's office, the deputy who feared for his life fired two rounds. One struck Flores in the chest, killing him.

Several people came to help the deputy get out of his mangled car. One of them was Santos Pena.

"I was just concerned for everybody I guess you could say," Pena said.

When Santos Pena saw the deputy trapped inside his car, he scrambled to pull him out with a couple other Good Samaritans.

"That's just what I would do, I don't know. I guess not a lot of people would do that, it's just something I felt I needed to do," he said.

Split-second thinking is something Pena says he hopes will help him someday when he becomes a deputy. He's tried a couple times and never made the force, but he plans to keep trying.

"This only affirmed my want and desire to become a police officer," Pena said.

Pena's quick thinking act of kindness was the end of a frantic ordeal for that deputy.