Man arrested for northeast Albuquerque murder
July 09, 2019 05:14 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in a northeast Albuquerque homicide.
44-year-old Orlando Astorga has been arrested for an open count of murder.
The victim has been identified in court documents as Jasen Mulvaney.
According to the sheriff's office, deputies responded to a shooting just before 9 p.m. Monday in the area near Alameda and Edith. They arrived at the scene to find a man suffering from a gunshot wound.
According to court documents, Mulvaney's girlfriend called 911 from the passenger seat inside a Ford Expedition at 4th and Alameda, reporting her boyfriend had been shot in the chest.
Mulvaney died at the hospital.
Mulvaney's girlfriend told police he took a shovel from a property near Edith Boulevard and El Pueblo Road. That's when a man in a Honda blocked the driveway.
The girlfriend said Mulvaney was shot after he drove over a curb to get away.
According to the criminal complaint, Astorga said he was at Santa Fe Tow where he works, when he noticed an SUV drive onto a property under construction down the street also owned by his boss.
Astorga said he called his boss who asked him to check on the property. When he did he noticed two people jump into the SUV and drive toward him.
The complaint states, "Astorga said he was forced to jump out of the way of the oncoming expedition as the driver veered the vehicle onto the sidewalk... Astorga heard a loud 'boom' which he believed to be a gunshot."
The complaint continues, saying, "Astorga then observed the white reverser lights on the vehicle turn on and the vehicle began to backup towards him. Astorga, afraid for his safety, fired a single gunshot at the vehicle."
Astorga was arrested a short time later by police.
Court records do not show any criminal history for Astorga.
Updated: July 09, 2019 05:14 PM
Created: July 09, 2019 08:48 AM
Copyright 2019 KOB-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved