Lapel recordings released from officer shootout

Created: 03/12/2014 6:39 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Lapel recordings released Wednesday recount the events that led to an officer being shot in the stomach while trying to arrest a suspect.

It all started with a knock back in October of last year at an apartment complex in Espanola.

On the other end of the door, 22 year-old Rogelio Cisneros-Chavez, two women and a three-year-old.

“Is Rogelio here?” asked police.

Cisneros-Chavez had a warrant out for his arrest.

The DA says he was standing in the bathroom holding a 9mm gun when they walked in the building.

State Police Officer Joey Gallegos was the first to encounter the gunman who shot him in the stomach.

“State police!” he yelled before the first shot was fired.

Officer Gallegos shot back, killing him.

“Hey bro, I got shot,” Gallegos said, “I had to take the suspect down.”

No one else in the building was hurt. The wounded officer stayed calm.

“I was shot in the stomach, I need an ambulance at Espanola shots fired,” he said in a low voice, “Shots fired I need an ambulance.”

While his fellow officers called for help, Gallegos called his wife.

“I’m shot in the stomach you need to get the boys and everybody ready and get to the hospital right away…yeah it was under my vest...I love you.”

He tells her to keep calm.

“I’ll be ok though just don't panic or nothing just calling in,” he said. “All right love you.”

Then he turns to his partner and tells him to take his weapons and lapel mic for evidence.

“Take my guns,” he said, “Take my recording too bro.”

Rogelio Cisneros-Chavez

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