NM sheriff’s deputy injured in shootout

November 27, 2012 • State News

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A Lea County sheriff’s deputy is recovering after being shot in the arm and neck while serving a search warrant.

New Mexico State Police say the shootout happened [auth] Saturday after midnight when sheriff’s deputies and police officers executed the warrant at a Hobbs home.

They say Juan Uribe-Vidal of Hobbs and James Gomez of Hagerman began shooting at the officers from within the home.

Sgt. Michael Tovar was hit. The six-year veteran was airlifted to a Lubbock, Texas, hospital, where he was treated and released.

State police say the search of the home turned up 11 firearms and one improvised explosive device.

Uribe-Vidal and Gomez were arrested for aggravated battery and aggravated assault on a police officer.

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