ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – KRQE News 13 has learned Bosque Farms Police are taking a closer look to determine if foul play was involved in the death of a man whose wife claims he shot himself.
According to a search warrant, the man’s wife told officers she found her husband with a gun-shot wound, upstairs in a closet and barely breathing. But when detectives listened to the initial 911 call, they heard something different.
On July 4, officers took the call as a possible suicide at a home off Vista Hermosa in Bosque Farms. Officers found the victim, Xavier Sanchez, slumped over in the master bedroom closet. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition but died two days later.
It’s clear from the search warrant obtained by KRQE News 13 that there are some serious questions about what really happened that day.
It states when Bosque Farms Police arrived on scene, the man’s wife told officers she found her husband in the closest with the gun in his hand, after he had been shot. The report then states the wife threw the gun “to the other side of the room.” But according to officers, they found the gun just outside the closet door where Sanchez was slumped over.
In the days following the shooting, detectives listened closely to the 911 call. They stated it sounded like the wife told dispatchers, “I’ve shot him,” but then later in the call explains her husband had just shot himself.
Days later police decided to call the wife back in for questioning and noted in the warrant she “reluctantly agreed to meet.”
The woman’s son came with her and according to detectives, he kept trying to answer the questions for his mom. When confronted, the son said he “was trying to help his mother answer questions that they discussed in the car.”
And when police asked her about the comment she made to dispatchers saying she had shot her husband, the search warrant states she immediately said, “I think at this point I need a lawyer.”
KRQE News 13 did not name the wife because at this point she’s not charged with any crime.
The investigation is still ongoing.