Staff and Wire reports
Staff and wire reports
CARLSBAD — Two Carlsbad police officers were hospitalized Friday, one in critical condition, after being wounded in a shootout with a man they had been chasing. The man was killed in the shooting.
Officer Susan Kym Redman, a 13-year veteran, and Officer Eric Jameson, a former Portales police officer who has been with the department for two years, suffered multiple gunshot wounds in Thursday night’s confrontation, police said in a briefing Friday.
Redman was in critical condition Saturday morning and Jameson was listed in stable condition, detective Capt. Darrin McGilvray said.
Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said Jameson started his career as an officer in Portales where he worked for 10 months until February of 2002. Berry said Portales police think highly on Jameson and have decided to take up a collection to cover expenses related to the shooting.
“Our thoughts are with his family,” Berry said. “It’s always a shock when you here another police officer has been shot … but even more so when you find out he was someone you worked with.”
“We all consider him to be a friend.”
The dead man was identified as Thomas Michael Cook, 36, of Carlsbad.
State police are investigating, state police Lt. Robert San Roman said.
The automobile chase began after police were sent to a neighborhood shortly before 10:20 p.m. Thursday about a suspicious person and vehicle in the area, police said.
When Redman tried to stop the vehicle, the driver sped away. The pursuit ended near the city’s Riverwalk Recreation Center, where a patrol car driven by Jameson and Cook’s vehicle collided, Carlsbad police said.
The shootout occurred when the pursuit stopped, San Roman said.
Both officers were shot several times with bullets from Cook’s handgun, and Cook was hit by their return fire, police said. He died about 1:45 a.m. at Carlsbad Medical Center.
Both officers were airlifted to Lubbock hospitals, where they underwent surgery Friday, said Lt. Jim Boutelle of the Carlsbad Police Department.