Group blames flawed policies in Espanola teen’s death


ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – The Rio Arriba Community Health Council says flawed policies led to the fatal police shooting of a teenager armed with a cap gun.

The health council is expected to release a new report Thursday, which says inadequate behavioral health and gun policies led to the June 8th shooting of 16-year-old Victor Villalpando.

He was shot by two Espanola officers after calling 911 and using a different name. Police said he reported a suspicious persoN with a gun hitting himself.

According to the new report, the council will also outline recommendations designed to prevent future incidents.

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