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SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Santa Fe Police Officer Robert Duran and an uninvolved civilian died in a crash Wednesday on I-25 near Santa Fe. According to a news release, the crash involved at least four vehicles; two Santa Fe Patrol Units, the fleeing vehicle, and an uninvolved vehicle.

Santa Fe Police Department says that around 11:06 a.m., a kidnapping in progress was reported to the Regional Emergency Dispatch Center at the Rancho Vizcaya Apartments. The man armed with a knife took a vehicle that was occupied by a woman.

One neighbor in the apartment complex says she was home all day, even taking her dog out right before the incident. β€œThat’s pretty scary to think that person could be anywhere on the loose and nearby. It’s pretty shocking,” she said.

Around 11:14 am SFPD located the vehicle near Sawmill Road and St. Francis Drive. Officer attempted to stop the vehicle, however, the suspect fled the area in the vehicle. The suspect traveled onto I-25 at St. Francis Drive and headed northbound in the southbound lanes.

The crash occurred at mile marker 286 in the northbound lane of I-25. A Santa Fe Police Officer and uninvolved motorist died in the crash. At this time the names of the victims have not been released.

The woman who was kidnapped was able to flee the vehicle and was transported to a nearby hospital.

The police are still looking for the suspect. Residents in the area are asked to stay in their homes.

Santa Fe Deputy Police Chief Ben Valdez was emotional talking about losing one of their own. β€œWe know everyone’s name, we know their family as well, and you know when we say that officer and their family is part of our family, that holds true today. And today our family is hurting,” Valdez said.

Jolene Duran says she and her husband were driving north on I-25 around 11:30 Wednesday morning when they looked up and saw about five police cars chasing the white car, all driving the wrong way down the interstate.

β€œIn that moment, it was just terror. it was really just shocking to look up and see a vehicle driving the wrong way on the highway at all and then also seeing the police cars behind them. it was pretty easy to figure out what happened,” said Duran.

Still shaken by the incident, she says she’s thinking of crash victims who didn’t make it home to their families. β€œIt’s just really sad to see how that ended. because we became very close to being in the same situation,” Duran said. β€œYes of losing our lives and being involved in this crazy car chase.”

Traffic is being diverted to get off at the St. Francis exit. New Mexico State Police are now leading the investigation.

Officials say a procession is forming Wednesday evening along I-25. That includes Albuquerque Police and Bernalillo County deputies. APD says the motors unit is helping escort the Santa Fe Police officer’s body to Albuquerque.

Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber says he appreciates the help and support from law enforcement across the state. β€œI think anytime one public safety agency loses an officer, everyone loses an officer and they’re here to work collaboratively to respond to this tragedy and to work together,” Webber said.

Mayor Webber says it has been decades since the Santa Fe Police Department lost an officer.

Officer, civilian killed in crash following chase on I-25 near Santa Fe

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