Group blames flawed policies in Espanola teen’s death

Victor Villalpando
Victor Villalpando

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. 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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