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More details released on last month’s standoff in New Mexico

March 12, 2019

HATCH, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say an officer ended an Interstate 25 standoff last month by shooting an armed suspect in the foot.

An Arizona man reportedly abducted his wife in Louisiana and threatened to kill his 7-year-old son in the Feb. 27 standoff.

The wife of 39-year-old James Kirkland of Kingman bolted from the vehicle when it stopped on I-25 near the southern New Mexico village of Hatch.

State Police said Monday that an officer saw feet on the ground outside the vehicle and determined they were Kirkland’s.

The officer shot Kirkland in the right foot to end the standoff. Authorities took him into custody and rescued the boy.

Authorities say Kirkland has been booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center on multiple charges including kidnapping and child abuse.

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