ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police are investigating the fatal shooting 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.