- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 6, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities have identified a suspect who was fatally shot after he repeatedly rammed a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s patrol vehicle and threatened a deputy.

Sheriff’s officials say 28-year-old Manuel Flores had a criminal history that included previous charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, reckless driving and battery on a household member.

They say Flores had his hands in the air as if celebrating after he twice rammed the patrol vehicle Monday evening and almost ran over his girlfriend.

Sheriff’s officials say Flores started walking toward Deputy Sam Rodriguez when he was shot.

They say three-year sheriff’s department veteran was trapped in his battered patrol car and feared for his life. They say he fired two shots, one of which hit Flores.

Flores was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

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