UNMH security guard accused of shooting APD officer faces felony charges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An officer is expected to be okay after being shot in the shoulder near Montgomery and Wyoming.

The standoff started around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday night when police received a call about a domestic disturbance at the corner of General Bradley and Hilton.

According to a criminal complaint, officers found 38-year-old Maximilano Villegas, a UNM Hospital security officer, held up in the home with a 9-year-old child.

They say a woman was able to get out safely with two other kids, but a third child was stuck inside with Villegas.

Police say Villegas wouldn’t respond when officers tried to talk to him, but he eventually came to the garage to let the third child leave.

After the child was released, police still had to convince him to come out of the house.

At some point, police say Villegas fired shots from the home, hitting an officer who was out on the perimeter in the shoulder.

After four hours, police say negotiators were able to talk him down, get him out of the home and into custody.

Villegas is charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer, child abuse and false imprisonment.

There is still no word on the name of the police officer.

Thursday afternoon, UNM Hospital released the following statement:

Maximilano Villegas was hired as a Security Officer for UNMH on October 13, 2014.  He has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.

All Security Officers and all employees who come into contact with patients are required to undergo a criminal  background check.Our hearts go out to the officer injured in the line of duty and we are all praying for a complete and speedy recovery.

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