Los Lunas man shot by PD during stand-off

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By Barron Jones
News-Bulletin Staff-Writer
bjones@news-bulletin.com

New Mexico State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in the village of Los Lunas that caused an unidentified man to be airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital.

Barron Jones-News-Bulletin photo: Emergency medical personnel work on an unidentified man shot this morning by a Los Lunas police officer.

Los Lunas police responded to a domestic violence call at 1067 N.M. 314, just north of Tondre Road, shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday morning.
LLPD spokesman Lt. Vince Torres said when officers arrived at the scene they noticed a group of people hanging out in front of the house. Torres said one of the men pushed a woman to the ground before running inside the house.
Shortly after he reappeared holding a rifle.
Torres, who was not at the scene at the time, said the man did something to make the officer feel threatened, causing the officer to shoot the suspect.
Neither the state police nor Los Lunas police would comment on how many shots were fired during the nearly four-hour standoff.
Area resident Gloria Vigil said she heard a loud boom followed by three sounds she believed to be gunshots.
After appearing with the rifle and being shot by the officer, the suspect ran back inside the house but eventually surrendered and was airlifted to the hospital.
Both of the suspect’s alleged male and female victims were transported to area hospitals for their injuries.
LLPD SWAT team personnel attempted to get a second suspect to come out of the house but after several hours they learned the house was empty.
Torres said the unidentified officer who fired his weapon will be placed on standard paid administrative leave. The suspect is listed in serious condition, he said.


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