Man Refuses to Leave His Car so Cops Kill Him

New Mexico State Police shot and killed a man in Edgewood early Saturday morning after the man threatened officers with a rifle, according to State Police.

Because his next of kin hadn’t been notified, police didn’t release the name of the man who was killed or any other information about him. They also didn’t identify the officer who shot the man.

552086be408f7.imageEdgewood police were called to a home off Barton Court in Edgewood at noon Friday on a report of a dispute between several people. One person had fired at another person and left in a vehicle, State Police Sgt. Elizabeth Armijo said in a news release.

Police stopped the suspect nearby, which initiated a standoff that lasted throughout the afternoon and into the night as the man refused to leave his vehicle.

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputies and State Police officers, including a tactical team and a crisis negotiation team, were called to the scene. Negotiators worked with the man for hours, the release said.

“However, the suspect verbally and physically refused to comply or surrender and, throughout the event, stated he wanted to shoot police officers,” Armijo said.

At around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, the man “actively threatened officers with a rifle,” police said.

He was then shot and killed by State Police.

Stephanie Ordonez, who was sleeping in the house next to where the shooting happened, told KOAT-TV she heard some of the dialogue between the suspect and police.

“He just kept cussing at them and telling them he wants to go home and see his family,” Ordonez told the station.

State Police didn’t respond to calls and questions about the shooting on Saturday.