New Mexico State Police say a mother and son are dead in a grisly incident Wednesday morning at a home in Tesuque, where a violent attack prompted a shooting by Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputies.
The agency on Friday confirmed a deputy shot and killed a man at 1 Entrada Capulin, a home off Bishops Lodge Road, and that the man’s mother had been fatally stabbed.
Deputies responded to a call around 8 a.m. about a domestic dispute at the home, state police Officer Dusty Francisco wrote in a news release issued Friday morning. When they arrived at the home, they found 67-year-old Delia Cervantes, who’d been stabbed several times, lying on a patio bench.
The suspected attacker, her 45-year-old son, Edward Daniel Santana of Santa Fe, was standing on the patio, “holding a fence post.” After deputies moved Cervantes away from the patio and began to render medical aid, they gave “numerous verbal commands” to Santana, the release stated.
“Santana ignored the commands and continued to walk aggressively towards the officers,” the statement continued.
One deputy deployed his Taser. A moment later, another deputy shot Santana at least once, according to the news release. He died from his injuries at the scene.
Cervantes was taken to a Santa Fe hospital, where she died shortly after.
Francisco confirmed in an email Cervantes was Santana’s mother.
He also indicated Santana was wielding the “fence type post” as a weapon as he aggressively approached deputies, prompting them to fire.
He said it was still unclear what weapon Santana had used to stab Cervantes. “This is still under investigation,” he wrote.
Another woman at the residence, who had reported Santana’s attack on Cervantes, was still at the home during the shooting and was not injured, Francisco added in an email.
State police have not released the identities of the deputies involved in the shooting but said no deputies were injured during the incident.
Few residents of the area agreed to speak about the violence that erupted in their neighborhood.
Neighbors of Cervantes who were having breakfast outside Wednesday morning said they heard screaming at the home, followed by gunshots. They declined to give their names.
A relative visiting the home Thursday said Cervantes was her godmother.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza noted in an interview Thursday the “volatile” nature of the incident. The calls his deputies are responding to now seem to be more violent than in the past, he added.
Authorities have not confirmed Santana’s date of birth, but an Edward D. Santana of the same age has had numerous criminal charges in Santa Fe County, according to New Mexico court records.
The charges, dating back to 2011, include counts of aggravated battery, battery on a household member and child abuse. The man has been convicted only on a minor traffic violation.
Santana’s death marked the third fatal law enforcement shooting in the Santa Fe area in two weeks, an unprecedented number.
June 23 saw two fatal shootings.
Santa Fe police Sgt. Bradley Lopez shot and killed Francisco Javier Lino-Gutierrez, 29, of Lamy on a downtown street that morning, according to state police.
Later that night, Santa Fe County deputies killed Nathan Roybal, 32, who was suspected of pointing a gun at a woman when she asked him to leave her home and fleeing from deputies in a stolen truck. He stopped the truck on Siler Road and began pointed a gun at deputies before they fired, state police said.
A man shot in a fourth recent officer-involved shooting was hospitalized July 4 and faces several charges.
He is accused of pointing a fun at state police officers and fleeing from them in a south-side neighborhood.
Local law enforcement officials say they don’t see any direct connections in the series of shootings.
Instead, they cite a rise in increasingly violent crime that prompts officers to respond with deadly force.
“I think some of these incidents are becoming more violent,” Mendoza said Thursday.
“We have responded to a fair amount of armed suspects, and it’s ended peacefully,” he added. “That’s how we want it to end — no injuries, nobody’s hurt, officers go home.”