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Report to outline concerns from Espanola shooting

Created: 07/24/2014 7:22 AM
By: The Associated Press

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) - The Rio Arriba Community Health Council is set to release a report citing inadequate behavioral health and gun policies it says led to Espanola police shooting a teenager armed with a cap gun.
    
The council is expected to unveil the report Thursday at a Legislative Behavioral Health Subcommittee at Northern New Mexico College in Espanola.
    
Authorities say 16-year-old Victor Villalpando was shot by two Espanola officers June 8 after he called 911 using a different name. Police say he reported that the suspicious person was armed with a gun and hitting himself.
    
The report outlines what it calls flawed policies that made this shooting possible, along with recommendations designed to prevent future tragedies.
    
Rio Arriba County Health and Human Services Director Lauren Reichelt is slated to present the report.

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