Authorities identify man killed in casino shooting

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – Authorities have identified the man killed in a shooting outside a New Mexico casino that also injured a tribal police officer.

The shooting happened last Thursday outside the Route 66 Casino just west of Albuquerque as the officer was investigating reports of a stolen vehicle. Authorities released surveillance video that showed the vehicle pulling into the parking lot and the officer approaching two suspects.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher confirmed Monday that Mario Sandoval was killed. Laguna Pueblo Officer Peter Tanzilli sustained non-life threatening injuries and is expected to recover.

Authorities are still searching for another suspect who ran from the scene.

No description of the wanted person was released and authorities have yet to provide any details about the circumstances of the shooting. 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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