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Man kills himself following 5-hour standoff in New Mexico

March 20, 2019

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a five-hour standoff between a man barricaded inside a northwest New Mexico home and federal and local law enforcement officers ended when the man killed himself.

The Farmington Daily Times reports U.S. Marshals Service personnel and San Juan County deputies tried to arrest 50-year-old David Valenzuela at a Farmington residence Monday.

Valenzuela was wanted on aggravated assault and domestic violence charges from Ignacio, Colorado.

Authorities say Valenzuela fired at officers after they breached the house and announced their presence. One woman exited the home, but another woman and Valenzuela stayed inside.

Authorities later fired gas cans into the home to try to force them out. The second woman exited, but Valenzuela did not.

Authorities deployed a robot after hearing a possible gunshot and found Valenzuela dead.


Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com

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