SANTA FE, N.M. — The boy who was shot to death Sunday morning by Española police made the 911 calls reporting himself as a “suspicious person” – and had done the same thing two previous days, according to New Mexico State Police.
In a news release Thursday, State Police identified Victor Villalpando, 16, as the source of the 911 calls and said he identified himself as “James.”
The El Rito youth had called 911 the previous Thursday and Friday, providing details similar to his Sunday call, such as his location and saying that the “suspicious person” was armed with a gun and hitting himself with a stick, according to State Police. The “James” caller also gave a clothing description of the “suspicious person,” but officers were unable to locate the described person after the Thursday and Friday calls.
On Sunday, though, two Española Police officers were eating in a nearby restaurant when the call came a little before 10 a.m. They rushed outside after getting the 911 dispatch and within about a minute officer Jeremy Apodaca had fired one shot, hitting Villalpando in the upper left chest, according to 911 dispatch logs. The shooting took place on Corlett Road and Riverside Drive adjacent to a small strip mall. Villalpando died a short time later at a local hospital.