ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Instead of SWAT vehicles there were hazard cleanup crews in front of homes in an Albuquerque neighborhood Thursday.
The area was shut down for hours Wednesday during a manhunt for a murder suspect.
The suspect broke into two homes and left behind a trail of blood. Thankfully only the family dog was home when Trinidad Gallegos shimmied open a window breaking into the Staunton Place home Wednesday.
The homeowner says, the dog was not hurt, but is still shook up. She didn’t want to speak on camera, but told News 13 they were finally allowed back into their home Thursday morning. Hazard cleanup was also there to clean up Gallegos’ blood.
Deputies say they followed a blood trail to him.
Neighbors say he also broke into the house right next door around 2:15 p.m. where a woman and child were home alone at the time. That woman saw his bloody footprints in the home, grabbed her son, and ran.
Deputies say they had been staking out Gallegos’ house on Hattiesburg, a few streets over, in connection to a May murder.
Gallegos showed up around 2:00 p.m. There was an altercation then, shots were fired and Gallegos was shot.
Gallegos’ next door neighbor thought those shots were firecrackers at first.
“Something that close to the house, my dog was right at the front door. So if they had aimed any closer this way it would have been my dog, or her dad, or me, or even him who has a little 6-year-old son. It’s scary to think of,” Caitlan Morris said.
The neighborhood was in lockdown for about four hours until Gallegos was taken into custody. He’s in jail now facing murder charges for the death of Sergio Bickham whose body was found in a tunnel near the Route 66 Casino in May.
Trinidad Gallegos has a lengthy criminal record. He’s been arrested for domestic violence, assault, armed robbery, car theft and drug charges.