Friday’s 5 Facts, Top Morning Headlines

The 5 Facts You Need to Know

  1. A suspect and two APD officers were sent to the hospital after a shooting. It happened Thursday, after police tracked down the same suspect who allegedly tried to ram an officer’s car last week. Police Danan Gabaldon plowed into two patrol cars for a second time, before running off. Police said that’s why they fired beanbags, a taser, and one officer fired his gun. No word on Gabaldon’s injuries. The officers are expected to be okay.
  2. Friday will be partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms. Highs are expected to reach the 80s with south winds between 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Friday night will be mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms.
  3. Thousands turned out for the funeral services for fallen officer Gregg Benner on Thursday. Officers saluted their fellow lawman as he was carried out of the Santa Ana Star Center. The procession of emergency vehicles then escorted Benner to the Rio Rancho police station for his final dispatch. Among those who spoke at the service was Benner’s brother, the governor, and his police chief.
  4. APD is looking for a man who maced a bus driver. The attack was all caught on camera, when it happened last Friday. Security video showed the man asking for change, which ABQ Ride said is not allowed. The man tired to board the bus anyway. When the driver asked him to leave, the man became upset, walked off, and then maced the driver before he took off.
  5. The dog food company, Milk Bone, ranked White Sands as one of the best spots for dogs during a road trip..
    The New Mexico tourist destination came in at 38. The list was ranked by how many pup approved parks , landmarks, dog friendly restaurants, and hotels were in the area.

Top Morning Headlines

The man, shot by a deputy in Valencia County, is now dead. The sheriff’s office said the deputy was conducting a welfare check on 36 year old Rudy Baca at a home near Los Lunas. Police said there was a confrontation and the deputy fired his gun. Baca was taken to UNMH where he later died. The deputy has been put on paid leave while state police investigate. His name hasn’t been released just yet.

A busy stretch of I-40 is now back open after a roll over late Thursday night. Officers were called out to the east bound lanes of I-40, near rio grande around 9:30. Police say speed was a factor when the driver hit a barrier and flipped over on its top. Crews shut down a section of I-40 until the scene was cleared. The driver was taken to UNM Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. It’s not clear what caused the crash or if the driver will be cited. 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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