GALLUP, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police have identified the man shot and wounded during a struggle with Gallup police. On Jan. 19, officers were called to the Comfort Inn motel in reference to a noise complaint by a hotel employee. Guests at the hotel were reportedly complaining of loud banging sounds coming from a room and police state the employee saw what appeared to be bullet holes in the door to the room.


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According to a news release from the Gallup Police Department, officers attempted to make contact with 52-year-old Michael Lon Hubbard who was in the room. After several contact attempts were made officers requested the assistance of their Emergency Response Team. Authorities state the emergency response team was unable to make contact with Hubbard and decided to breach the room’s door.

GPD reports Hubbard refused to obey officers’ commands and officers used less-lethal measures in an attempt to detain him. The release states an officer’s gun did go off at this time and the male suspect was shot in his lower leg.

The suspect was taken to a local hospital and has since been released. No officers or other citizens were injured in the incident.