PREWITT, N.M. (WNCN) — A man who was killed as a result of a confrontation with a New Mexico State police officer in mid-April was identified on Thursday as 26-year-old Oliver Ashley Toledo Saldivar, a wanted suspect in a Durham, North Carolina homicide.
Saldivar was a wanted suspect in an April 12 homicide in Durham, New Mexico State police said on Thursday. He was killed on April 16.
The lead-up to Saldivar’s death was a welfare check on I-40 near Prewitt, New Mexico, at about noon. Officer Corey Newman was dispatched to check on Saldivar who was seen slumped over the steering wheel of a brown BMW.
Newman asked Saldivar to stand next to the patrol car while the officer gathered some information. Saldivar then reached for “a black object” hidden in his jacket pocket, police said. At this point, Newman created distance between the two men and drew his weapon, a New Mexico State police statement released Thursday said.
Saldivar charged at Newman, tackling him to the ground.
Police said the officer fired at least one shot during the attack.
After the gunshot was fired, Saldivar continued to fight the officer and tried to grab the officer’s gun. As the two struggled, Saldivar bit the back of the officer’s left arm and managed to retrieve a gun from his jacket.
Newman wrestled the suspect’s gun away from him and threw it to the side, police said in their Thursday release. Once the suspect was in custody, with the help of a trucker passing by, Newman called for an ambulance and began giving medical aid to Saldivar.
Saldivar was pronounced dead at the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.