Police are searching for a 29-year-old man they say fired several rounds at a deputy early Wednesday morning.

While on patrol at around 2 a.m., a Valencia County deputy conducted a traffic stop on a silver Chevy Malibu near Manzano Expressway and Meadow Lake Road. When the deputy advised dispatch of his traffic stop, he learned that Belen police were on scene with the owner of the vehicle and was reporting the car stolen.

The driver of the alleged stolen vehicle, identified as Caleb Tenorio, of Belen, fled at a high rate of speed and traveled south on Manzano Expressway.

As the chase reached De Haan Loop, Tenorio allegedly fired three times at the deputy’s patrol unit. The vehicle continued on the expressway, where Belen police deployed stop sticks near N.M. 47 and River Road, said Valencia County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Gary Hall.

The stop sticks were effective, striking both driver’s side tires. The vehicle continued west on Reinken Avenue and near the intersection of Wisconsin, Hall said, and the occupants of the stolen vehicle again fired twice towards the deputy’s unit.

The vehicle eventually came to a complete stop at the west end of Didier in Belen and Tenorio fled on foot. Hall said he went to a house on Gilbert Avenue and threatened the residents with a revolver and asked if he could hide. When his request was denied, Tenorio fled on foot again.

A perimeter was set up with the assistance of the Belen and Los Lunas police departments, but Tenorio was not found.

Local law enforcement was assisted by a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office air unit that attempted to assist in locating the suspect, but was unable to locate him.

Hall said a female passenger in the stolen vehicle has been identified and was later released from the scene.

Hall said Tenorio should be considered armed and dangerous. He is described as 5-foot, 10-inches tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

No one was injured in the incident.


Clara Garcia is a native of Belen, beginning her journalism career at the News-Bulletin in 1998 as the crime and courts reporter. She is the president of the New Mexico Newspaper Association, and is a member of the Pilot Club of Belen.

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