LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) -NMSP have released new details regarding a fatal officer-involved shooting in Los Lunas on April 12.
NMSP report that around 5:56 p.m. NMSP Officer Miguel Gaytan was assisting the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office attempt to locate a female carrying a black backpack who was walking south on State Road 47. During this time, Officer Gaytan saw a dark grey passenger vehicle driving erratically through the neighborhood and failed to stop at intersections.
Officer Gaytan tried to initiate a traffic stop, however, the officer fled and a pursuit began. The pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed into a fence on a dirt road between Entrada Aragon and Romero Road.
NMSP reports 25-year-old Ruben Deleon and 38-year-old Alonzo Deleon were inside the vehicle. Both men were from Los Lunas.
Following the crash, authorities say Ruben exited the driver’s side of the vehicle while Alonzo exited the passenger’s side. Both men reportedly began to yell at Officer Gaytan in a threatening and aggressive manner and ignored commands given by the officer.
NMSP say the men refused to obey commands as they walked toward the officer. Officer Gaytan deployed his department issued Taser, striking Ruben although it reportedly had no effect on him.
Alonzo allegedly began to walk away from the scene as Officer Gaytan attempted to take Ruben into custody. Authorities say he then turned around and began moving toward the officer who was still attempting to take Ruben into custody.
NMSP say that as Alonzo approached the officer, he reached into his pocket and Officer Gaytan drew his department issued handgun and the officer allegedly saw Alonzo pull out an object which he then tossed into a nearby arroyo.
Later in the investigation, NMSP says members of the NMSP Dive Team found two folding knives which were believed to be the items thrown. As Alonzo continued to walk toward Officer Gaytan, the officer went to the rear of his patrol car for safety and saw Alonzo stop and stand behind Ruben.
Police report Ruben got up from the ground and the pair continued to advance toward the officer and were allegedly clinching their fists and slapping their chests and yelling. Officer Gaytan continued to give commands to the men who then allegedly repeatedly lunged at the officer from the rear driver side of the patrol unit.
Officer Gaytan discharged his handgun towards both men and struck Alonzo. The officer fired at least once towards Rubben who was allegedly charging at him and Ruben fel to the ground near the patrol unit.
Officer Gaytan handcuffed both men and rendered aid until Emergency Medical Services arrived. Ruben Deleon succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Alonzo was transported to UNMH in Albuquerque. After being released from the hospital, Alonzo was booked in the Valencia County Detention Center and charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, assault upon a peace officer, resisting, evading or obstructing a peace officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
No officers were injured in the incident. Officer Gaytan was placed on standard administrative leave.
NMSP reports Officer Gaytan has worked with NMSP for about four years and 11 months and is currently stationed in Los Lunas.
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