TAOS — New Mexico State Police confirmed Thursday that a man shot and killed by a police officer outside a burning home in a resort community near Angel Fire on May 5 was the home’s owner, George Herrera.
State police also confirmed that the remains of Herrera’s wife, Diane Herrera, were found inside the burned residence. Both were 61.
Ray Wilson, a public information officer with the state police, said the state Office of the Medical Investigator “is still determining the cause and manner of Mrs. Herrera’s death.”
The State Fire Marshal’s Office continues to investigate the cause of the fire.
The home, in a wooded community near Monte Verde Lake, erupted in flames at 2:45 a.m. May 5, authorities said.
Audio files The Taos News acquired from Red River Dispatch indicated a caller who reported the fire had seen a man moving around in the home as it burned.
The files also indicated that George Herrera’s vehicle was one of three that first responders found parked near the home.
Investigators said that shortly after firefighters reported the fire was under control, an Angel Fire police officer fired a shot that killed Herrera, who was armed with a knife.
State police have not provided details of the shooting incident.
A version of this story first appeared in The Taos News, a sister paper of The New Mexican.