Arrest Made in New Mexico Officer-Involved Shooting; Suspect Linked to Pueblo Homicide

By | July 31, 2023

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An officer-involved shooting in New Mexico resulted in the arrest of Robert James Rudichar, who was wanted in connection to a homicide in Pueblo. During a DWI investigation, Rudichar fired a rifle at officers and drove away before eventually surrendering. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was subsequently arrested. Rudichar is facing charges in New Mexico, including Assault on a Police Officer with a Deadly Weapon and shooting at or from a Motor Vehicle, and will be extradited to Colorado for any charges there. Brett Yager reported

Officer-Involved shooting in New Mexico Leads to Arrest of Homicide Suspect

LAS VEGAS, N.M. – The New Mexico State Patrol announced that an officer-involved shooting in New Mexico resulted in the capture of a man wanted in connection with a homicide in Pueblo. The incident occurred during a DWI investigation conducted by the Las Vegas Police Department on Sunday, July 30, around 1:50 a.m.

As officers were engaged in their investigation, a black Nissan truck pulled up alongside them. The driver, identified as 43-year-old Robert James Rudichar, allegedly inquired about his location. Upon approaching the truck, an officer observed Rudichar aiming a rifle out of the window and firing at the officers. He then fled the scene while continuing to discharge his weapon at the officers and the DWI suspect.

Authorities reported that at least one Las Vegas Police Officer returned fire at the Nissan before a pursuit could be initiated. However, the Nissan suddenly came to a halt, and Rudichar exited the vehicle with his rifle, surrendering by lying face down on the roadway. Rudichar, the sole occupant of the truck, was promptly apprehended.

Further investigation revealed that Rudichar was wanted by the Pueblo Police Department in connection with a homicide on July 29 at approximately 8 p.m.

No injuries were reported during the incident. Rudichar has been booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center and is facing charges in New Mexico, including Assault on a Police Officer with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and shooting at or from a Motor Vehicle. He will eventually be extradited to Colorado to face any charges related to the homicide in Pueblo.

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