Officers shoot LL man after confrontation
An estimated 75-80 rounds were fired at police officers, and a gas meter was struck by a bullet in a tense situation early Saturday in Los Lunas.
The man who fired was identified by police as Daniel Olguin, 41. He remains in critical but stable condition at the University of New Mexico Hospital, where he was taken after New Mexico State Police officers returned gunfire late into the confrontation.
Despite the large number of rounds allegedly fired by Olguin, no officers were struck, although one officer required nine stitches to his chin after falling through a neighbor’s roof where he had taken up a tactical position.
The gas meter of a nearby home was also struck by an errant bullet but luckily did not set off an explosion.
New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas on Monday revealed more details about the weekend incident that drew a response from nearly 20 officers from the State Police, the Los Lunas Police Department and the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office.
The call initially came in to the Los Lunas Police Department at 9:30 p.m. as a domestic violence incident with a suspect barricaded in his home, firing shots and in possession of a possible hostage. Los Lunas officers were dispatched only to be greeted by Olguin pointing a rifle out of a doorway and firing at them.
State Police and Valencia County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched for backup assistance and they, too, were fired upon by Olguin, who apparently was using several weapons, and was firing on officers “from different defensive positions within the home,” Kassetas said.
Olguin’s wife and two younger children had left the home by the time police arrived, but a 14-year-old son remained inside with his father. Los Lunas Police negotiators spoke on and off to Olguin throughout the entire ordeal “in an attempt to resolve the situation peacefully,” Kassetas said.
Olguin later allowed his son to depart, but as soon as the youth walked out, Olguin fired at officers again.
Olguin finally exited his home at 2 a.m., holding a rifle above his head. He placed it on the ground as ordered, but then picked it up, shouldered it and pointed it at officers, Kassetas said. Police fired non-lethal bean bag rounds, which proved to have little effect. Only then did three State Police officers fire live rounds at Olguin, who was injured and transported to the hospital.
“I can tell you that police officers aren’t trained to disable when it gets to that level of force. So he’s a very lucky individual also,” Kassetas said.
The officers who fired upon Olguin were placed on three days leave, which is standard policy in shootings. Their names were not released pending further interviews and investigation. Their time on the department ranged from more than four years to more than 15 years. One of the officers had been involved in a prior shooting, Kassetas confirmed.
No further information was available on how many times Olguin was hit by gunfire, where on his body he was struck, or if he had a previous criminal history or mental health issues.
Neither did police specify the types of weapons Olguin used during the incident. Kassetas, however, did say that officers who later searched the Los Lunas home “found multiple firearms located throughout the residence.”
Olguin has been charged with six counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and negligent use of a firearm.