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Teen killed by Española police said he ‘wanted to die’ on 911 call

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State Police say Victor Villalpando called 911 while armed with a handgun and a knife.

State Police say Victor Villalpando called 911 while armed with a handgun and a knife.

The teen who was shot to death in a confrontation with Española police on Sunday refers to himself in the third person, reporting a suspicious person who “said he wanted to die, but I don’t know,” according to a 911 dispatch call released by the Española/Rio Arriba E911 Center.

“He needs help, fast,” the caller says before police arrive.

Police say they have identified the caller as Victor Villalpando, 16, making a 911 call on himself. There have been reports that friends say Villalpando wanted to commit “suicide by cop.”

On the call, Villalpando, identifies himself as “James,” telling dispatchers that a kid is screaming, looks like he has gun and hitting himself with a green staff like those used in martial arts.

“I don’t want him to hurt himself or anyone else,” the caller says.

The caller says the kid with the stick is running between cars. “Oh my God, he almost got hit,” the caller says.

Two police officers dining at a nearby restaurant responded quickly. Española have after taking the stick from the boy, one officer started to pat-search him when he drew a gun from his waistband. The officer shot Villalpando in the chest.

The State Police, who have taken over the investigation, still haven’t said whether Villalpando had a gun, and only say he produced a “weapon.”

 

Listen to the call:

 

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