Arrest made, suspect dead in officer-involved shooting in southeast Albuquerque

(KRQE Paul Sigurdson)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – U.S. Marshals arrested 37-year-old Colleen Calamia on Wednesday afternoon on a criminal complaint charging her with harboring and concealing a federal fugitive.

U.S. Marshals say they’ve been tracking Calamia’s husband, 31-year-old Mario Montoya, since Friday, after he took off from a halfway house in Albuquerque. They finally caught up with him at an apartment complex near Central and Western Skies Tuesday night around 8 p.m. That’s when things got violent.

Montoya allegedly opened fire on law enforcement when they tried to arrest him. U.S. Marshals say that is when U.S. Marshals and the Albuquerque Police Department fired back.

After the arrest team was able to retreat to a safe location, a second team later entered the residence and found Montoya in a closet; he had been struck in the exchange of gunfire and was deceased.

Court records reflect that Montoya was under indictment for being a felon in possession of a firearm and theft of mail, and was released from federal custody on an order requiring him to reside in an Albuquerque-area halfway house and to comply with other conditions, according to U.S. Marshals.

Calamia faces five years in prison if convicted. She will appear in federal court Thursday morning.

The shooting incident resulting in Montoya’s death is still under investigation. 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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