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The New Mexico State Police have identified the sheriff’s deputy involved in a July 26 shooting in Chaves County.

The incident began around 6:30 p.m. July 26 on U.S. 280 near mile marker 195. There, the suspect, identified as Chadwick Taylor, 40, of Conchas Dam, had exchanged gunfire with Chaves County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies before fleeing into the adjacent sand dunes.

Taylor was located around 8 p.m. and taken into custody on charges of aggravated assault upon a law enforcement officer and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

Deputy Michael Ray of the CCSO returned fire after he and another deputy were shot at multiple times by Taylor. Ray is identified as a 10-year veteran of the CCSO.

The case remains under investigation.