Valencia County – On Thursday, December 26, 2013; the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted by the Los Lunas Police Department to investigate a LLPD officer involved shooting.
LLPD officers responded to a residence off State Road 314, north of State Road 6 for a domestic violence call.
Officers arrived and observed a male subject standing in the open west doorway, with his hands around a long object held as a long rifle pointing forward from his shoulder. The specific hand placement, arm configuration, and finger configuration appeared to be his left hand gripping a fore stock, his right hand holding a rear stock and his right fingers placed in a trigger position of a long rifle. The subject was identified as Ruben Sanchez (50), of Los Lunas NM.
This image led the officer to believe the suspect was holding a rifle, aiming it at the officers, intending to fire upon officers. Officer John Valdez fired two rounds at Mr. Sanchez, ultimately striking him once in the torso and the other round striking the household. Officer Valdez is a one year veteran of the LLPD.
Mr. Sanchez was transported to the University of New Mexico Hospital in serious condition. Mr. Sanchez is charged with one count of Aggravated Assault on Peace Officer with a Deadly Weapon.
Upon completion of this investigation, this case will be forwarded to the Valencia County District Attorney’s office for final review.
Contact: Lieutenant Emmanuel T. Gutierrez