NM police ID man killed after barricade situation

January 9, 2014 • State News

MORIARTY, N.M. (AP) — State Police have identified a man who was fatally shot after a barricade situation in the small community of Moriarty.

Officials say 40-year-old Ernest Attebery of Moriarty was shot by a [auth] state police officer Tuesday during an exchange of gunfire.

No officers were injured in the hours-long standoff.

Police say they pulled up to the man, who had been pacing back and forth on his porch while holding a rifle.

The man was in contact with the Torrance County Sheriff’s Office on the phone, but negotiations stalled and the man starting firing.

A New Mexico State Police SWAT team was called in and Attebery reportedly shot at officers and a police helicopter during the standoff.

Police haven’t said how many officers fired shots or how many shots were fired.

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