ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Last Thursday, Miah Loya saw her car on the news in a hotel parking lot – peppered with bullet holes.
That’s how she found out her boyfriend and the father of her unborn child, 32-year-old Wes Allen, had been shot to death in a Motel 6 parking by a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force made up of marshals and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
“That was really rough – it made me angry,” Loya said. “It was excessive, and it was wrong.”
Authorities have said the task force had been looking for Allen for a couple of days and found him around 12:30 a.m. Thursday at the motel at 1000 Avenida Cesar Chavez SE, near Interstate 25. Authorities say they engaged in a “shootout” that led to Allen’s death.
In the week since Allen was shot and killed, authorities have not answered any questions about the shooting. They have not said how many task force members fired their weapons, whether Allen was armed, or how many times he was shot. They also did not identify Allen as the suspect.
But on Wednesday, Los Lunas police detective Nikki DeAnda confirmed the man shot by the marshals task force was Allen.
DeAnda said Allen and another man, who has not been found or identified, committed an armed robbery in Los Lunas hours before the shooting.
She said the two men walked into Verizon Wireless at 2270 Main Street around 9 p.m. with a low profile, like any other customers.
“They didn’t come in guns blazing,” DeAnda said.
Once inside, she said, both men pulled out pistols and robbed the store of around 20 phones valued at $300 to $400 each. No shots were fired, and no employees were injured.
By the time officers arrived, both men were gone.
DeAnda said Los Lunas police didn’t contact U.S. marshals or BCSO deputies and she doesn’t know how it all ended up at the Motel 6 or what transpired.
Loya said she knew Allen was on the run at the time and he called her 30 minutes before the shooting to tell her he would pick her up.
“He said he’d see me in a while, and that’s the last I heard from him,” Loya said.
The morning after the shooting, Loya’s car was visible in the Motel 6 parking lot with its windows shattered and dozens of apparent bullet holes from the driver’s-side door to the trunk. More than 50 yellow evidence markers were arranged in the parking lot around the car.
Loya said she doesn’t know whether Allen had a gun on him or would pull one on law enforcement if he did.
She would not comment on Allen’s whereabouts in the days leading up to the shooting or on the last time she saw him in person.
Both the BCSO and the U.S. Marshals Service have said Allen was wanted for armed robberies throughout New Mexico, in addition to probation violations.
Court records show Allen had four warrants out for his arrest, as well as a criminal record dating to 2003, with charges including robbery, aggravated battery against a peace officer, stolen vehicles, drug trafficking, burglary and armed robbery.
“People have pasts. That’s life,” Loya said. “You can’t hold somebody against their past, because people do change – he did change and it sucks that he had to fall back into whatever it was.”
Loya said the couple had been together for about a year and have a baby on the way.
“We had plans,” she said. “It sucks that I’ll never get to see him be a dad to my baby.”