State Police: Espanola officer shoots teenager

June 9, 2014 • State News

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police are investigating the fatal shooting [auth] of an armed teenager by an Espanola police officer.

Authorities say two Espanola officers on Sunday responded to a report of a suspicious person in a parking lot behind a shopping center and then made contact with a person identified as 16-year-old Victor Vialpando of Espanola.

According to a State Police statement, Vialpando pointed a handgun at the officers and one of the Espanola officers then fatally shot the youth.

Espanola Public Safety Director Eric Garcia says the officers had tried to talk the 16-year-old into putting down the gun. He says Vialpando also had a knife.

Garcia says the two officers by policy have been placed on paid administrative leave.

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