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NMSP: Peñasco man shot by police was armed with rifle, revolver

PEÑASCO – Authorities have released more details about the fatal shooting of a domestic violence suspect shot in northern New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police say 39-year-old Nelson Rodarte of Peñasco had a loaded rifle in his hands and a loaded revolver in his pocket when he was killed by law enforcement.

Police and Taos County Sheriff’s deputies responded around 8 a.m. Saturday when Rodarte was harassing his girlfriend and her relatives at their home.

According to authorities, Rodarte had several arrest warrants and had assaulted his girlfriend the previous night.

Police say Rodarte initially barricaded himself inside but then moved to the roof, where he was seen lying “in a prone position” with a rifle pointed at law enforcement.

A State Police officer and a deputy, who have not been identified, fired their weapons when he refused to put down a rifle that was pointed at them. Rodarte was pronounced dead at the scene.

The shooting remains under investigation.