Espanola police to get training after shooting

June 30, 2014 • State News

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — A recent Espanola police shooting of a teenager armed with a cap gun is prompting more training for officers.

KOAT-TV reports ( that Espanola officers and Rio Arriba [auth] county officials will undergo new training in crisis intervention.

Officials say around $12,000 will be used for the classes, which begin in July.

Authorities say 16-year-old Victor Villalpando was shot by two Espanola officers June 8 after he called 911 using a different name. Police say he reported that the suspicious person was armed with a gun and hitting himself.

Espanola Public Safety Director Eric Garcia says officers tried to talk the teen into putting down a cap gun. According to the officers, he also had a knife.

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