State Police robot video shows 12 hour-long standoff


**WARNING: The video from this story might be disturbing for some viewers.**

CARRIZOZO, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police have released video from a lengthy standoff with a domestic violence suspect from earlier this year. That suspect was ultimately killed in a shootout with officers.

What makes this case unique is that NMSP has released video from a camera attached to the department’s robot, showing an up-close view of the situation and the suspect.

The incident began when the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Alan Franco-Armenta led deputies on a chase on January 6th. Deputies were able to pop the tires on the SUV he was driving, causing it to come to a stop outside of Carrizozo on Highway 380.

Franco-Armenta, however, refused to get out of the vehicle and threatened to kill himself with a handgun. State Police are called to scene, bring a robot.

After officers arrive, the robot is deployed. From its camera, you can see Franco-Armenta inside the vehicle waving a gun around. He then fires several shots into the night.

The robot moves in and breaks the front passenger side window.

“I’m scared, get it away, get it away,” you can hear Franco-Armenta scream.

Officers prepare to deploy tear gas by placing it in the arms of the robot, but first give Franco-Armenta another chance to surrender peacefully.

“Throw that gun out Alan! I need you to step out with your hands up and empty,” an officer can be heard saying.

Instead, Franco-Armenta fires his gun several times again.

When the robot moves in with the tear gas canister, Franco-Armenta knocks it away with the gun, prematurely deploying it outside of the vehicle.

Officers then put a hole in the back windshield of the SUV and place another canister of tear gas inside the trunk.

At this point, the robot captures Franco-Armenta pointing the gun at his head.

“I’m going to do it,” he says.

He then fires the gun again out of the vehicle several times, including out the back windshield where officers are located. Two NMSP officers then fire at Franco-Armenta, killing him.

The robot moves in and pries the gun out of his hands. After nearly 12 hours, police approach the SUV.

NMSP says a total of three guns were found inside the vehicle.

Franco-Armenta had a lengthy criminal history, to include child abuse and being a felon with a gun. 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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