A New Mexico State Police officer was arrested Wednesday after witnesses said she fired her service pistol from her official cruiser during a fight with her girlfriend in a southeast Albuquerque neighborhood.
Roslyn Vigil, 24, is charged with criminal damage to property, domestic violence, negligent use of a weapon and tampering with evidence. She was booked into the county jail but has since been released.
Lt. Mark Soriano, a State Police spokesman, said after learning officer Vigil had been arrested State Police Chief Pete Kassetas put her on administrative leave.
“An internal affairs investigation is being conducted,” Soriano wrote in an email.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, Albuquerque Police Department officers were dispatched to the 11000 block of Coconino SE, near Eubank and Southern, for reports of a gunshot and a police vehicle leaving the area.
The caller also reported hearing a man say “go ahead and hide behind your badge.”
Officers found Vigil in her police cruiser at a nearby community center. She told them she had been fighting with her girlfriend and punched holes in the wall and in the glass of cabinet as she was leaving.
Vigil told police her girlfriend’s son continued arguing with her as she went out to her car.
She said she fired a shot toward the ground but she doesn’t remember what led her to do so, according to the complaint.
“Prior to Roselyn leaving the residence she stated she picked up the casing to the round that was fired and (it) was on top of her computer in her police vehicle,” an officer wrote in the complaint. “It should be noted that Roslyn admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages prior to her driving her vehicle.”
A DWI officer determined Vigil was not too drunk to drive, according to the complaint.