State police: Teen made 911 call before fatal shooting

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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:54 pm, Fri Jun 13, 2014.

The 911 call of a “suspicious person” that set off a deadly confrontation between Española police and 16-year-old Victor Villalpando on Sunday morning was made by Villalpando himself, state police said Thursday.

State police, who are investigating Villalpando’s shooting death by an Española officer, said Villalpando had called 911 on Sunday morning and reported that a suspicious person was armed with a gun and hitting himself with a stick. In the phone call, Villalpando identified himself as “James,” state police said in a statement.

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  • Michael Grimler posted at 4:12 pm on Wed, Jun 18, 2014.

    shooter Posts: 188

    CT, or whoever you are...

    What difference would it make if a round was chambered or not? Would that make a firearm less dangerous?

    Also, what difference would it make as to the size, or type of knife? Would those characteristics make a knife less dangerous? I know that people have died after being attacked with what are commonly referred to as "penknives" since it's all about where the body was attacked and how ferocious the attack was.

    It's unfortunate that you are blaming law enforcement for a lack of detail reported in the article. Perhaps the writer should have been more clear about how and from whom the information was gained, or perhaps the writer just didn't ask the right journalistic questions - either through incompetence or ignorance.

  • ct posted at 8:19 pm on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    ct Posts: 6

    I'm not buying this version of the story. Was there a gun? Type? Caliber? Round chambered? How big was the knife? Blade length? Style of knife?

    These clowns at the cop shop are playing games. Typical New Mexico.

  • Michael Grimler posted at 12:26 pm on Fri, Jun 13, 2014.

    shooter Posts: 188

    Mr. Montoya, I think you've been watching too many badly done cop shows on TV.

    Officers are not trained to "confiscate" a firearm when one is located in a search. The last thing they need to do is get into a close-in struggle for the firearm and have a chance it will be fired. Additionally, the suspect had a knife at the ready as well - also very dangerous to officers when within 21 feet of an armed suspect.

    When officers find weapons on those being searched, they are trained to back away for their own safety and draw their firearm while giving commands to the suspect and defend themselves as necessary.

    Bottom line, and based on facts reported, this was a deadly force situation that could have resulted in a very bad day for the cops who were putting their lives on the line.

  • Joe Montoya posted at 11:49 am on Fri, Jun 13, 2014.

    Joe_Montoya Posts: 77

    The million dollar question is why didn't the officer go after the gun when he conducted a pat search of the young kid. Common sense would indicate that the police should have immediately confiscated the weapon after discovering a weapon in his back pocket of his jeans. Common sense would have suggested that he immediately grab the weapon from the kid's possession before doing anything else!!!

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 8:19 am on Fri, Jun 13, 2014.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 339

    Seems to me the officers were doing their job and may not have had a choice.


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