APD investigates double murder; person of interest shot in Colorado
May 25, 2018 01:43 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Authorities in Colorado named the man believed to be connected in a double homicide on Albuquerque's West Side who was later wounded in a deputy-involved shooting in Fort Morgan, Colorado about 530 miles away.
An updated media release sent Thursday afternoon from the Fort Morgan Police Department said 31-year-old Dustin Brian Montano of Sterling, Colorado, was hospitalized after the shooting.
The Fort Morgan release also states the Albuquerque Police Department confirmed them Montano is the suspect in the two deaths at the Mesa Ridge Apartments on the 3500 block of Atrisco Drive NW. APD still considers Montano a person of interest.
APD did identify the victims as 53-year-old Deborah Martinez and her 17-year-old daughter, Irisa Montano. APD says the bodies of Martinez and her daughter were located around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, marking the 33rd and 34th homicide investigations in Albuquerque so far this year.
"This is a double homicide, unfortunately, and those are very complicated," APD Public Information Officer Simon Drobik said.
Albuquerque officers had believed the person of interest in the homicides was bound for Colorado. Colorado authorities called Montano as the suspect in the deputy-involved shooting at a Fort Morgan Walmart. Police there also believed Montano was armed, dangerous and suicidal.
"Officers surveilled the vehicle and shortly afterwards the suspect came out of Walmart, got into his car and was confronted by two deputy sheriffs from the Morgan County Sheriff's Office," said Paul Schultz, chief of public safety in Fort Morgan.
Deputies confronted Montano as he approached the car, but authorities say he "made a threatening gesture" and deputies opened fire.
The Fort Morgan release states Montano is in critical condition at the Medical Center of the Rockies. The release also said Morgan County Sheriff Jim Crone and Undersheriff Dave Martin were involved in the shooting.
Updated: May 25, 2018 01:43 PM
Created: May 24, 2018 05:33 AM
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