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FBI kills Santa Fe County homicide suspect during Arizona shootout

Leonard Francis Kieren

SANTA FE, N.M. — Federal agents shot and killed a Santa Fe homicide suspect during a shootout in Arizona on Friday.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said Leonard Francis Kieren, 60, fired at agents before they returned fire in a remote area in Tonopah, Arizona. No agents were injured and Kieren died at the scene.

He said agents had gone to the area around 12:30 p.m. to arrest Kieren on a murder charge in the Nov. 21 killing of Kathleen Vigil, 57, north of Santa Fe.

He said agents had gone to the area, around 12:30 p.m., to arrest Kieren on a murder charge in the Nov. 21 death of Kathleen Vigil, 57, in Santa Fe County near San Ildefonso Pueblo.

Kathleen Lorraine Vigil

“This remains an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time,” Fisher said.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court:

Deputies responded to Little Bird Road after Kieren called 911 around 6:45 a.m. to say he had shot his girlfriend, Vigil, in the head after she accused him of cheating and pulled a gun on him. Deputies found Vigil dead inside the home.

Kieren called back hours later to say he had put the gun back in her hand and covered her up before leaving the house. Friends of Kieren told deputies he may be heading to Arizona, where his family lives.

A man arrived at the crime scene and told deputies he had been dating Vigil for the past month after the two met through an online dating app. He said the day before, he and Vigil had gone exploring the Jemez.

The man told deputies another man was “blowing up” Vigil’s phone during the day, saying he needed to get into her house and was going to break in. He said Vigil had spoken of a roommate named Leonard, who she had known from school and was letting him stay at her house while he was “getting back on his feet.”

The man told deputies they returned to find a man in Vigil’s driveway “glaring him down.” The man said Vigil told him to stay in the vehicle so there were “no issues” between the two men and that was the last time he saw Vigil.


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