Few details emerge in Carlsbad police shooting

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – New details on the deadly police shooting of an escaped inmate in Carlsbad Monday.

The inmate, Troy Kirkpatrick, 24, made the escape while at a doctor’s appointment.

It was in the alley behind Eulia Gentle’s home near the 1900 block of Church Street where Carlsbad police opened fire killing him.

“The entire thing was absolutely terrifying,” said Eulia Gentle.

Gentle was home schooling her 12-year-old daughter when they were inundated with gun fire.

“I started hearing gun fire, so I just slammed the door yelled at Autumn to get down on the floor and she nose dived for it,” Gentle said.

Kirkpatrick was in custody at the Eddy County Detention Center.

Police say he was at a doctor’s appointment Monday morning when he assaulted a detention officer, escaped form the doctor’s office, stole a van and got away.

Carlsbad police chased after him.

Kirkpatrick eventually crashed into a person’s fence.

That’s when police shot him.

Investigators won’t say how many officers fired or how many times Kirkpatrick was shot.

State police do however say Kirkpatrick found the get away car parked nearby the doctor’s office, unlocked with the keys in the ignition.

They wouldn’t say if the van was left there as an escape plan.

KRQE News 13 asked the Eddy County Detention Center if they plan on making any security changes so other inmates doesn’t escape.

The warden wouldn’t comment.

As for residents who witnessed the deadly encounter they’re hoping they do.

“I hope they use this as an example to change what is going on. To change what went wrong with how this man got out,” said Dena Laroschelle.

Police say Kirkpatrick was cuffed while at the doctor’s appointment.

They will not say if he was armed.

Carlsbad police arrested him last week on a warrant after a two hour standoff.

Police had to use tear gas to get him into custody.

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