ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - The Roswell Police Department is backing off its earlier report that one of its officers was shot during a gunfight Monday night.
Now, as the investigation continues, police officials say Sgt. Cruz Zavala did sustain injuries but was never shot.
Zavala was one of four officers responding to the Town Plaza apartments about 9:30 p.m. Monday for a "welfare check" on an intoxicated, disorderly and possibly suicidal man. A confrontation ended with Richard Johnson, 35, being flown to a Lubbock, Texas, hospital for treatment of at least one gunshot wound.
A police news release indicated Zavala "was struck by gunfire" and was treated and released at a hospital for a minor injury. New Mexico State Police later told KRQE News 13 Zavala's body armor had stopped the bullet.
On Wednesday that account was retracted.
"These types of incidents that occur, something always changes throughout the investigation depending on the information that detectives receive from the various witnesses and own suspects and different people that are involved in the case," said Roswell Police Information Officer Sabrina Morales.
While Roswell police say Zavala was treated and released from a hospital, they aren't say what his injuries were.
According to police, Johnson was involved in a domestic dispute with a relative at the apartments. He is reported to have fired a gun three times during that incident.
When Zavala and the other officers arrived, Johnson opened the apartment door with a gun in hand. One of the officers then shot Johnson, who remains in the hospital.
Roswell police aren't saying if Johnson shot at the officers.
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