Teen made call that later led to his death

Victor Villalpando

ESPANOLA (KRQE) – State Police said a 16-year-old made the call that would later lead to his death.

State Police, the agency investigating a deadly Española police shooting, said Victor Villalpando called 911 on himself the day he was shot by an Española officer.

Surveillance video from an Española smoke shop shows police activity in the area where an officer shot and killed Villalpando.

State Police said Española Police started looking for a suspicious person before 10 Sunday morning because Villalpando called 911.

“Gave his location and also stated the suspicious person was armed with a gun and was hitting himself with a stick,” said Sgt. Damyan Brown with State Police.

Sgt. Brown said Villalpando even described the clothes he was wearing for police, and investigators said this wasn’t the first time he tried to tip off police.

“We found out also that on Thursday and Friday he had made similar calls to 911, stating similar information,” Sgt. Brown said. “Those two times officers were not able to make contact with him.”

State Police won’t go into details yet about what happened during the shooting, but Española Police Det. Cpl. Solomon Romero tells News 13 Villalpando pointed a gun at an approaching officer.

He said that officer fired one fatal shot from about 3 to 5 feet away and that Villalpando fell on his back, still waving a gun at officers before he rolled on his stomach and lunged at another officer, this time with a 6-inch dagger.

The scene covered in police tape Sunday had flowers and candles nearby on Monday as family continues to mourn their loss.

“They are distraught. They are lost. They are deeply, deeply heartbroken at the loss of their son,” said Roger Montoya, director at Moving Arts Espanola where Villalpando took classes in dance and gymnastics for 10 years.

According to dispatch logs, an officer on scene reported villalpando also had a karate stick at the time of the shooting.

Friends said the gymnast and dancer often practiced with it.

A friend of Villalpando’s told KRQE he was the student who made a bomb threat against McCurdy Charter School in January.

He wasn’t charged.

They said he was recently studying classical ballet and planned to go to the New Mexico School of Arts in September.

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