Law enforcement officials block off Agua Fría Street at the intersection with Camino Alire on Friday afternoon in pursuit of a homicide suspect. Matt Dahlseid/The New Mexican

A man accused of fatally shooting his younger brother Thursday morning at their mother’s home in Tesuque and then fleeing was arrested Friday by a Santa Fe police SWAT team.

Patricio Arnold Griego was arrested around 1:30 p.m. at a home in the 500 block of Oñate Street, according to a news release from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

Griego, 65, was charged Thursday with an open count of murder in the death of his brother, Jimmy Griego, believed to be 55.

“Sheriff’s investigators had been searching for the suspect in the city of Santa Fe during the morning hours today and learned the suspect was still in the city limits and driving the vehicle he fled the scene from yesterday,” the agency said in its news release.

“Griego removed himself from the premises when he was directed to by law enforcement officers who were calling him out over the [public-address] system,” sheriff’s office spokesman Juan Ríos said in an email Friday. “He surrendered to the SWAT members without incident.”

While no one else has been arrested in the incident, Ríos wrote, “investigators are interviewing individuals who were on the scene.”

The search for Patricio Griego lasted more than 24 hours.

According to an affidavit for an arrest warrant the sheriff’s office filed Thursday in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court, Jimmy Griego’s wife, Emily Griego, had called 911 around 9 a.m. that day and told dispatchers she had found her husband lying on the floor of her mother-in-law’s home at 145 County Road 74. He was bleeding and did not appear to be breathing, she said.

The men’s sister, Ramona Hilderbrandt, also called 911 after arriving at her mother’s house and finding her brother with a gunshot wound. As she was driving to her mother’s house, she told a dispatcher, she saw Patricio Griego leaving in his Hyundai sedan, the affidavit said.

Hilderbrandt said she had asked her brother Jimmy to go to their mother’s home earlier that morning and check on Patricio because she feared he was “heavily intoxicated or on drugs,” according to the affidavit. She said her mother had called with concerns about the man.

Her mother had called her twice that morning, Hilderbrandt said, first to tell her Patricio Griego had been acting strangely and then to say he had hit his brother after Jimmy Griego arrived.

Investigators later learned the two brothers had gotten into an argument and that Patricio Griego had gone into his bedroom to get a handgun and said, “I’m going to shoot Jimmy,” the affidavit said.

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(2) comments

Alexandra Lynch

A Red Flag alert could have saved a life. Too late now.

Rebecca Hilderbrandt

Don’t assume that. With the laws already on the books it was illegal for him to possess one.

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