MORA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police (NMSP) are investigating a homicide in Mora at a residence on County Road A037. Jacob Alcon, 20, is now in custody after police claimed he shot and killed his brother, Jerome.
Mora County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the gun disturbance at the residence at around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 28. When police arrived, Jacob was given commands to drop the weapon but he ran inside the home and barricaded himself inside a room.
After a brief standoff, Jacob surrendered and NMSP officers took him into custody. He was taken to the San Miguel County Detention Center and has been charged with murder.
The younger brother of Jacob and Jerome said he was in the shower when he heard gunshots. He explained that he saw Jacob armed with a rifle and found Jerome’s body on the floor, covered with a jacket. Jacob’s family told police he had been behaving erratically and getting in trouble for crimes like shoplifting and trespassing.
The Mora Independent School District canceled school on Wednesday, March 29, due to the active crime scene. Mora Independent Schools will be back in session beginning on Thursday, March 30. The school district also said Wednesday’s home softball game will be rescheduled for a later date.
KRQE News 13 spoke with a neighbor who said she and her husband had just gotten home when they saw police cars in the area. After learning more about the incident, she said it was better for her and her family to leave the area.
“All kinds of staters started coming here pretty quick, and the ambulance was blocking the road, and the whole dirty road was covered with cops after a while,” said the neighbor. “We had to leave my house ’cause it was honestly kinda scary seeing everyone here, and everyone was just devastated, and I didn’t know what had happened; I just wanted to leave the house for the night, so I didn’t get here until today.”
KRQE News 13 will provide further updates as they become available.