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Rio Rancho man charged in slaying near Cabezon Peak

Dean Cummings (SCSO)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A suspect is behind bars after deputies say he shot and killed a man during a dispute in a rural area town west of Jemez Pueblo.

Stephen Montoya, Sandoval County spokesman, said 54-year-old Dean Cummings is charged with an open count of murder in the Feb. 29 death of Guillermo Arriola.

According to a statement of probable cause filed in Magistrate Court:

Cummings called 911 around 5:45 p.m. to report that he was attacked by Arriola and shot him dead. Sandoval County Sheriff’s Deputies found Cummings outside a mobile home in San Luis, NM, and arrested him.

Arriola’s body was found face down inside the mobile home and a rifle was on the stairs outside. Cummings told deputies he shot Arriola after Arriola sprayed his face with a “burning chemical.”

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