Hostage situation at Alamogordo pistachio farm ends, suspect in custody

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State Police say 14 people, including a 3-year-old child, have been rescued following a hostage situation at an Alamogordo pistachio farm.

KRQE News 13 has learned it all began with a pursuit Sunday morning of a shooting suspect, 21-year-old Caleb Scroggins.

Alamogordo Police responded to a shooting call around 4 this morning during which at least one person was injured.

APD was then looking for Scroggins in connection when they spotted him traveling West on Dog Ranch. Police say he failed to yield to north bound traffic on Highway 54, and was then t-boned by another car.

That happened right outside McGinn’s Pistachio Farm.

Scroggins reportedly exchanged gunfire with APD before running inside McGinn’s and taking 14 people hostage, including a toddler.

New Mexico State Police arrived on scene to take over the situation.

“The Otero County Sheriff’s Office assisted by the New Mexico State Police began to negotiate with that individual, it became apparent that he was not positioning himself to let those hostages go,” Chief of Police Pete Kassetas.

After police attempted to negotiate with the suspect, the Tactical Team entered the building and the suspect was taken into custody. Police say the suspect is being treated for injuries sustained in a crash prior to the hostage situation.

Police say all of the people rescued were not injured in the incident. The people in the car that Scroggins t-boned, however, received non-life threatening injuries.