Woman fatally shot by deputy after stealing patrol car

Published 08-30-2018

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LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) - Investigators say a Valencia County sheriff's deputy fatally shot a woman after she drove away in a police cruiser with a suspect in the backseat.

New Mexico State Police on Thursday released more details about the Aug. 23 shooting.

They say deputies were responding to a burglary when they encountered several people, including 45-year-old Daniel Ibuado of Belen. He was wanted on an outstanding warrant for aggravated burglary so he was taken into custody and placed in the back of a patrol car.

As deputies were talking with him, a woman identified as 34-year-old Virginia Romero of Belen got into the patrol car's front seat and began to drive away.

Deputy Ashley Martinez fired at Romero, striking her once. The patrol car crashed and Romero was pronounced dead at the scene.

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