A Carlsbad police officer who shot and killed 16-year-old said the boy brandished a gun and disregarded police instructions before the shooting, the New Mexico State Police said.

Detectives with the Carlsbad Police Department were investigating a homicide on Aug. 29 at an apartment complex, looking for Randall Gamboa, 16, when they saw him walking up.

Detectives talked to the youth, and after a few moments, state police said the youth pulled a black, semi-automatic pistol from his waistband and pointed one of the officers.

Detective Patrick Bryant yelled “No. Stop,” before drawing his gun and shooting Gamboa, state police said. Detectives attempted to save Gamboa, who was taken to the Carlsbad Medical Center where he later died.



The gun Gamboa brandished was believed to be connected to the homicide police were investigating, the release read.

Bryant was placed on administrative leave, per department policy.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Thank you for joining the conversation on Santafenewmexican.com. Please familiarize yourself with the community guidelines. Avoid personal attacks: Lively, vigorous conversation is welcomed and encouraged, insults, name-calling and other personal attacks are not. No commercial peddling: Promotions of commercial goods and services are inappropriate to the purposes of this forum and can be removed. Respect copyrights: Post citations to sources appropriate to support your arguments, but refrain from posting entire copyrighted pieces. Be yourself: Accounts suspected of using fake identities can be removed from the forum.