ESPAÑOLA, N.M. (KRQE) - Chaos erupted at an Española apartment complex Thursday night as a team of officers hunting a theft suspect shot and killed the man as one of their own took a bullet.
The New Mexico State Police officer, whose name has not been released, was the second state cop shot in the line of duty this week.
In was just before 9 p.m. when agents from the State Police Investigations Bureau descended on the Las Lomas apartment complex acting on a tip that Rogelio Cisneros Chavez was there.
Cisneros, 22, was suspected of stealing $7,600 from his family and also had an arrest warrant out for him, according to State Police.
The agency isn't saying if officers knew Cisneros to be dangerous.
Witnesses told KRQE News 13 police pounded on a door identifying themselves and that a woman let them in.
When officers entered Cisneros fired at least one shot striking an officer in the stomach, and officers returned fire hitting Cisneros multiple time.
Cisneros died at the scene, and the officer underwent emergency surgery. He was described as "coherent, talking and in stable condition" after the shooting and is expected to recover.
Neighbors said they knew a woman lived at the apartment but had never seen the Cisneros before.
"All you could here was the shots being fired by the officer and also the girlfriend screaming extremely loud like, 'Stop shooting! Stop shooting! He has a baby on the way!'" said Michael Labine, who lives next door.
"Once I heard the gunshots and everything, all I heard from upstairs was a lady saying, 'He's not breathing; he's not breathing,' and crying and screaming," added downstairs neighbor Andrew Martinez.
Several neighbors said they believe Cisneros was just hiding in the apartment and that he didn't live there.
Late Friday State Police confirmed Cisneros did not live in the apartment.
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