Man shot threatened girlfriend, kids

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – New details have emerged about what led to a police shooting Thursday in Roswell.

KRQE News 13 has learned police shot the suspect after he hit his girlfriend and threatened to hit a pregnant woman.

Roswell police say they first tried to Taze the subject, but when that didn’t work, they had to shoot.

The 911 calls show tense moments before the shooting. Two calls were made to police around 1 a.m. Thursday, one from a neighbor, the other from a victim inside the home. They both described a dangerous scene.

“My boyfriend’s sister’s boyfriend is over here causing problems, hitting her and he broke the door and he’s threatening to hit me and I’m pregnant. There’s just all kind of problems,” the victim told dispatch.

The problems continued as dispatch asked if the suspect had any weapons.

“He picked up a brick, but he’s not stopping. He’s trying to fight everybody,” said the victim. “Can you come? Because he’s not stopping. He has my sister and he won’t let her go. The cops need to hurry up.”

Roswell police say when they arrived, they could hear yelling form inside the home.

Detectives say when they went inside, the suspect had a knife and was charging at a woman and her two kids, a 1- and 5-year-old.

They say the man, 34, wouldn’t stop, so they Tazed him. When that didn’t work, an officer shot the suspect.

“They were saving the life of another,” said Roswell Public Information Liasion Sabrina Morales.

Police won’t say how many shots were fired or where the suspect was hit. They do say the two kids were in the room when they opened fire.

“He saw this man going toward the woman and her children with a knife and acted,” said Morales.

Police aren’t naming the suspect, but they say he’s in the hospital.

Officials say two officers are on paid leave. They have not been named and officials won’t say if one or both shot the suspect. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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