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Morning Word: Shots Fired

July 26, 2017, 7:30 am

SF deputies shoot at/shot at by armed robbery suspect
When Santa Fe County Sheriff's deputies tried to stop a stolen pickup truck yesterday morning, police say the driver fired shots at them and took off, leading to a chase that ended in Algodones—in a hail of gunfire but without anyone getting hit by a bullet. The driver, Lane Reed, is a suspect in armed robberies from Denver to Raton to the Pecos River Station in San Juan, where yesterday's action began. The chase and shooting shut down I-25 and backed up traffic for miles.

Police release body cam video of SF shooting
Santa Fe police have released body camera video of last week's shooting, in which officers fatally wounded 24-year-old Anthony Benavidez. The mentally ill man had stabbed a social worker earlier in the day and the video shows him lobbing what police determined were ineffective homemade bombs at them during a standoff. Police appear to have fired 17 shots during the encounter, 16 of them coming from one tactical officer. 

Secretary of state tweaks campaign regulations
Seeking to pull back the curtain on spending by groups that don't have to disclose their donors, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has suggested new rules requiring dark money groups to reveal their donors if they choose to advertise in a campaign. Several conservative and libertarian groups have opposed the change, arguing it runs counter to federal law and curtails free speech. Toulouse Oliver has since suggested allowing $2,500 in spending before requiring disclosure. 

Zinke expected in New Mexico for monument review
US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is expected to visit New Mexico this week as he reviews the size and scope of two new national monuments. The review, part of a Trump administration look at monuments created by the Obama administration, will take Zinke to Las Cruces and the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, as well as to the Rio Grande Del Norte monument near Questa.

Los Alamos teen dies in cliff fall
White Rock Canyon is known for a cave in the canyon wall called Hell's Hole. It's a treacherous climb for hikers, and over the weekend, 19-year-old Trevor Matuszak lost his footing and fell to his death. Rescue crews scrambled to the scene, but the teen succumbed to his injuries before they were able to rappel down to him.

Busy night for SF City Council
Councilors on Wednesday evening will consider a proposal to bring back unmanned speeding ticket-issuing SUVs to the streets of Santa Fe. Police love it because, hey, free tickets (also, it often causes drivers who notice it to slow down). Others hate it, because, hey, do your own work. Also, Meow Wolf is looking to get approval of a $1.1 million economic development grant from the city and state. Councilors could also reconsider using ranked-choice voting in the next city election. All that stuff is on the 7 pm agenda.

Big rains coming
Santa Fe and other parts of Northern New Mexico could see more than an inch of rain by the time the weekend arrives. It looks like we're headed for a stormy weekend, too. But it shouldn't dampen the fun at the Railyard on Friday for the annual Best of Santa Fe party! Come by after work for fun, dunk-tank hijinks and a beer. The Best of Santa Fe issue hits newsstands today.

Thanks for reading! The Word has offered to sit in a dunk tank on Friday and endure endless tauntings.

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