District Attorney: Mother of killing spree suspect on life support

Damian Herrera
Damian Herrera

ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – The man investigators say gunned down several people appeared before a judge about an hour ago.

Investigators say 21-year old Damian Herrera went on a shooting spree throughout northern New Mexico where he killed four people along the way.

The County DA says although he doesn’t appear to have any prior criminal record he should not be on the streets.

Rio Arriba County District Attorney Marco Sena says they will prosecute Herrera to the fullest extent of the law.

He is facing five murder charges among others.

State Police say Herrera shot and killed his step-father and brother after a domestic dispute in Vallecitos. His mother is currently on life-support.

After leaving the scene, police say he shot and killed a man in Tres Piedras after that man gave him a ride.

Police then say Herrera stole that victim’s truck and drove to Bode’s general store in Abiquiu where he shot and killed another man.

Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Deputies finally caught up with Herrera on Highway 84, in Taos.

That is where they say he got into a fight with deputies and tried to take one of their guns.

Herrera was then tased and arrested.

The killings stretch across multiple counties and have a number of agencies investigating.

Herrera is being held on a no-bond hold.

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