1 suspect dead, another arrested in Socorro County deputy-involved shooting


NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting involving the Socorro County Sherriff’s Office Friday. Officials say deputies with the Socorro County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a shooting at 78 Pedro Place in Veguita around 9:00 p.m.

Officials say a neighbor called the sheriff’s office and reported a white Dodge pickup with several people inside, parked outside of the vacant residence. The caller said the people were shooting at the house.

When deputies arrived, at least one person in the pickup began firing at them. That’s when deputies and the suspect began shooting at each other.

At one point during the shooting, the pickup was struck and exploded. Following the explosion, a male fled the scene on foot. He was later found dead by deputies in a nearby arroyo.

Two men and two women were detained by deputies at the scene. A press release states one woman and one man were taken to an area hospital with serious injuries. Joseph Remalia, 26, of Los Lunas, was released from the hospital and booked into the Socorro County Detention Center, and charged with being a felon possessing a firearm.

No deputies were injured during the incident. The cause of death of the man found in the arroyo is under investigation.

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