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New body camera footage shows Arizona man shooting at New Mexico State Police officer

Posted at 3:18 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 08:10:02-05

LAGUNA, N.M. — Officials released new body camera footage in a September incident when an Arizona man shot at a New Mexico State Police officer.

The video shows a New Mexico State Police officer walk up to the passenger side of a white truck. As the officer knocks on the window, a gunshot is seen coming from inside the vehicle, and the officer falls backward as the truck drives away.

Watch the body camera footage in the player above.

According to a criminal complaint, on Sept. 12, Robert Benjamin Nelson, a 28-year-old man from Scottsdale, fired through the passenger-side window of his vehicle at a uniformed officer working as part of a federal task force. The woman officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries to her hands, face, and eyes. She has since been released from a hospital.

Nelson then allegedly fled the scene, but was chased by police and stopped on Interstate 40.

He was booked into the Cibola County Detention Center on suspicion of attempted murder, aggravated battery upon a peace officer, shooting from a motor vehicle, and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

Later in September, officials charged Nelson in federal court for the attempted murder of a federal officer and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

If convicted, Nelson faces up to 10 years to life in prison for the charge of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence and up to 20 years for the attempted murder of a federal officer.

The FBI is handling the investigation.