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Valencia County deputies fatally shoot suspect in gun theft

May 1, 2019

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Police says Valencia County sheriff’s deputies investigating the theft of a gun fatally shot a suspect when he pointed a rifle at them.

A State Police statement said deputies went to the Los Lunas home of 37-year-old Isaac Pineda early Wednesday morning after another person reported that Pineda had stolen the victim’s gun.

The statement said Pineda told deputies upon their arrival at his home that he had a rifle pointed at them and that the deputies backed away and Pineda’s family safely left the residence.

According to the statement, deputies shot Pineda when he left the home and pointed a rifle at them.

State Police Officer Ray Wilson said it wasn’t immediately known whether the rifle brandished by Pineda was the stolen gun.

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