Portales, N.M. Police Officer shot during traffic stop, 2 persons in custody

A Portales police officer was shot Monday afternoon while trying to take a person into custody who ran during a traffic stop.

The officer pulled over a vehicle with the identified wanted person driving, police said. There were several occupants in the vehicle who then fled on foot. The officer tried to apprehend one of the subjects when an altercation ensured and the officer was shot, police said.  

Police arrested two men, Jason Ford, 24, and Anthony Ortega, 28, both of Portales, on outstanding felony warrants. They were detained at Roosevelt County Detention Center, police said.

The officer was taken to Roosevelt General hospital for his injuries. No other information is available at this time.

The incident began about 1:30 p.m. Monday when the officer attempted to make a traffic stop in the area of 16th Street and Avenue E.Multiple occupants fled the vehicle on foot, police said.

Ford was being held on three previous warrants and on new charges of resisting, evading and obstructing an officer.

Ford had been charged with aggravated burglary in 2010 and residential burglary in 2011, according to court records.

Ortega was being held on three warrants. He was previously charged with robbery in 2007, possession of a controlled substance in 2010 and possession of a firearm in 2012. Court records show he also had multiple charges last year, including three separate charges of shoplifting and two separate charges of larceny as well as battery against a household member and criminal damage to property and to a motor vehicle.


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