State Police investigate officer involved shooting in Peñasco

PENASCO, N.M. (KRQE) – A man is dead after a shooting involving State Police and Taos County Deputies.

The shooting happened around 8 Saturday morning in the Peñasco area after Taos County Deputies got a call about a domestic violence situation. The call came from a home on Santa Barbara Road.

Law enforcement says the situation involved a man and his estranged ex-girlfriend at a property that belongs to the ex-girlfriend’s family.

Deputies arrived on scene and were joined by State Police officers.

They found the man barricaded inside a bedroom in the home, armed with a rifle.

They say they exited the house and as they were setting up a perimeter, the man emerged and climbed onto the roof. First, he laid on his stomach, then propped his knee up while aiming the rifle at law enforcement.

“A second state police officer who had arrived was able to see all of this unfolding and was able to take action and fire his weapon,” said New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas.

At least one State Police officer and one Taos County deputy fired at the man, killing him on the scene.

State Police Chief Pete Kassetas says the man’s tactical advantage on the roof put officers and deputies in jeopardy. They also discovered he was armed with a pistol.

Law enforcement officials are not yet naming this man, but they say he is from Penasco and is in his 30s.

No officers were hurt during the incident.

KRQE News 13 will provide more information as it becomes available.


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