Police: SWAT suspect shot father before shooting himself

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE)– Rio Rancho Police say a call came in around 1:40 p.m. Saturday afternoon of shots fired at a home on Sun Court near 2nd and Unser.

When police arrived they found a man in his 60’s in the front yard who had been shot.

On Sunday, police said the shooter was the son of the victim who had been shot in the chest. The man was airlifted to a nearby hospital and is in stable condition, according to police.

Police say the suspect barricaded himself in the home and refused to come out. State Police and Albuquerque Police Department were called to assist in this situation.

Police were negotiating with the man in an attempt to get him to surrender, but at roughly 7:30 p.m. the man came out of the house and shot himself in the face with a rifle.

The suspect, who police say was in 40’s, was transported to the hospital. Police report that he later died from his injuries.

“The individual stepped outside, negotiations were failing at that point. He was armed with a rifle and at one point he suffered a self inflicted gunshot wound,”said Rio Rancho Police Sargent Elder Guevara.

Police say no officers fired shots, but they did use gas and bean bag rounds.

The identities of both the suspect and victim have not been released at this time.

No further information is available.

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