Suspect treated for non-life-threatening injuries following Valencia County officer-involved shooting


LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Los Lunas involving the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office. NMSP says the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office got a call just before 7 a.m. on Saturday from a woman in Los Lunas who said her grandson was armed with a hatchet and was “freaking out” and threatening to hurt her and other people inside a home off of Plata and Los Lentes Road.

Deputies at the scene saw the door open, yelled for the suspect to come out, then entered the home. They found the suspect with a hatchet and a knife and say he ignored their commands to drop the weapons, and even yelled at them to shoot him.

The suspect reportedly moved toward deputies aggressively and according to State Police, that’s when a deputy fired a shot, hitting the suspect. “An individual was struck by gunfire discharged by the sheriff’s deputy and that person was then transported to emergency services in Albuquerque,” said Lt. Joseph Rowland with the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He’s expected to face criminal charges once he’s released. The deputy involved is on standard administrative leave.

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