Suspect shot, killed by Rio Rancho police

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RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Police shot and killed a suspect while responding to a noise complaint call at an apartment complex early Tuesday.

Around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, New Mexico State Police found Rio Rancho police officers arrived at the Arrowhead Ridge Apartments. They found 23-year-old Daemen Perea on his apartment patio and allegedly saw him with a firearm.

The two officers demanded Perea drop the gun, then fired their weapons and struck him, State Police found.

The officers gave aid to Perea until emergency personnel arrived. He was then pronounced dead at the scene.

One witness told KOB 4, “It was 12:31 and we heard screaming, ‘Put the gun down! Put the gun down!’, and someone was saying, ‘No, no, no!’, and then we heard the 8-10 shots really loud. My son started crying. Then literally a minute later, a cop showed up and there was plenty of them flying in here.”

No officers were injured. The two officers are on standard administrative leave.

The shooting is under investigation by New Mexico State Police.

This is a developing story. Stay with and KOB 4 Eyewitness News for more updates.