ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A shootout between Hobbs Police Department officers and a suicidal man left the man and his female roommate dead Wednesday afternoon, according to a statement released by the New Mexico State Police.
It appears the woman was struck by bullets from her roommate.
Four officers responded to Clearfork Street in Hobbs around 5 p.m. after receiving a call about 48-year-old Kenneth Lanphier, who was reported as being suicidal, said Sgt. Elizabeth Armijo, a spokeswoman for the State Police. After officers arrived, Lanphier produced a gun and shot at the officers, she said.
Lanphier’s roommate was standing outside the house and was struck by the bullets. The 53-year-old woman was taken to a hospital in Hobbs where she died from her injuries, Armijo said. Her name has not been released.
“The initial evidence on scene leads investigators to believe the female was struck by rounds fired by Mr. Lanphier’s gun,” Armijo wrote in the statement.
One officer shot at Lanphier and hit him, Armijo said. He died after being taken to a hospital in Lubbock, Texas, she said.
The New Mexico State Police are investigating the shooting. The names of the officers involved will not be released until further interviews have been conducted, Armijo said.
Armijo said more than one officer was put on standard administrative leave, but she didn’t know if all four officers who responded were on leave.
This is the second time this year a Hobbs police officer has shot a suspect.
In mid-January, officer Royal Hopper shot two suspects who pointed a rifle at him as he tried to break up a fight outside Diamond Lil’s bar, according to a statement released by State Police at the time.
The suspects, Kyle Laghrin, 21, and Nathan Trujillo, 25, were treated for their injuries at the University Medical Hospital in Lubbock and released.