39-year-old James Kirkland, of Kingman, AZ, was shot by a State Police officer Wednesday during a tense standoff along I-25 near Hatch, in southern New Mexico. According to police, Kirkland drove through a Border Patrol checkpoint and then led police on a chase with his wife and their 7-year-old son in the car.
Once the vehicle came to a stop, Kirkland’s wife jumped out of the car and ran. Kirkland then held their son hostage in the car with a gun and threatened to kill the boy and himself.
An officer fired his department-issued weapon, hitting Kirkland. Officers were then able to rescue the boy, who was uninjured. Kirkland was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.