DA: Espanola officer-involved shooting was justified

ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police has released new evidence in a police shooting late last year that left an officer wounded and a suspect dead.

State Police officer Joey Gallegos, who was shot in the stomach in October when serving a warrant at an Española apartment complex, can be heard in an audio recording.

The suspect, Rogelio Cisneros-Chavez, was shot by State Police 13 times after he fired once at officers.

State Police went to arrest him for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from his grandfather.

He was shot in his girlfriend’s grandmother’s apartment while standing in a bathroom.

A State Police officer standing next to the injured officer described what happened.

A district attorney ruled the shooting justified.

Police also found a plate of drugs in the bathroom he was hiding in.

An autopsy showed Cisneros-Chavez was high on marijuana and cocaine when he was killed.

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