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 (http://goo.gl/kkvyht) that Espanola officers and Rio Arriba 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.