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Man remains hospitalized a day after Los Lunas police shooting

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A man remained hospitalized in serious condition Friday, a day after he was injured by gunfire when Los Lunas police fired on a house, police said.

Police declined to identify the man on Friday, who remained at University of New Mexico Hospital.

The man was shot after Los Lunas police responded to a domestic violence call in the 1000 block of Highway 314 about 10 a.m. Thursday.

New Mexico State Police are investigating the shooting at the request of Los Lunas police, State Police spokesman Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez declined to identify the injured man or to discuss other details of the shooting on Friday.

Los Lunas police Lt. Vince Torres said the officer involved in the shooting remained on administrative leave Friday. He declined to identify the officer or the injured man and referred questions to the State Police.

The shooting occurred after Los Lunas officers who responded to the domestic violence call observed a man and a woman arguing in the front yard of the house, Torres said Thursday.

The man shoved the woman to the ground and ran inside, Torres said.

The man later emerged from the house holding a rifle, Torres told the Valencia County News-Bulletin. Officers responded by firing shots at the man, who retreated into the house, he said.

The man later surrendered and was airlifted to the hospital, Torres said.

Torres declined to say how many rounds police fired or whether the man’s injuries were a result of police gunfire, the newspaper reported.

 

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