CLOVIS, N.M. — Police have released video of the minutes leading up to a shooting that injured a New Mexico police officer and the frantic moments that followed as the officer radios for help and yells out that he may have been shot.
The nearly six-minute video released by the Clovis Police Department begins soon after Officer Chris Caron stops Anthony Baca, 34, on the night of Aug. 29 for riding his bicycle down the middle of the street instead of on the right side. Baca tells Caron he is visiting a cousin in Clovis, a town in east-central New Mexico near the Texas border.
As a dispatcher runs a background check on Baca, the officer appears to be trying to make conversation with the suspect while questioning him about a light on his bicycle and what he does for a living.
When the officer learns there’s an active warrant for Baca’s arrest, he tells the suspect he’s going to take him into custody. That’s when the suspect flees, first on his bike and then on foot to a dark driveway where gunfire erupts and the suspect runs away.
In the moment when a gun goes off, there’s a white flash in the video and a loud bang.
“Shots fired,” Caron tells a dispatcher. “I’m not sure where he went. I might have been hit.”
Officers arrive within seconds and begin searching for Baca, who authorities say turned himself in two days after the encounter.
Baca is being held in the Curry County Adult Detention Center, The Clovis News Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2bUCeUW). He faces charges of assault with intent to commit a violent felony upon a peace officer, aggravated battery upon a peace officer and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.
A bullet grazed Caron’s thigh, police said. He has returned to work.