State police: Officers shoot armed man in Los Lunas

Updated: 05/03/2014 7:42 PM | Created: 05/03/2014 10:33 AM
By: Kai Porter and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Many questions remain after New Mexico State Police officers shot a man during a tense SWAT standoff in Los Lunas early Saturday.

State police and Los Lunas officers responded to a residence on Calle Don Santiago around 9:30 p.m. Friday on reports of an armed barricaded man who may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Neighbor Phillip Benavidez said he watched as officers tried to negotiate with the suspect and talk him into surrendering peacefully.

"They were yelling for a few minutes and then all of a sudden, a little boy came running out of the house. And then shortly after, I heard some gunshots and then continued to hear gunshots every 20 minutes or so until about 2:39 this morning," Benavidez said.

Police said the suspect exited the residence with a weapon and that's when state police officers fired shots at the man.

The man was taken to UNM Hospital. Police said he was alive when he was transported from the scene, but his condition on Saturday was not released.

State police have not said how many officers fired or how many times the man was shot. It's also not yet clear what kind of weapon the man had or if he shot at the officers.

The man's name has not yet been released.

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