RIO RANCHO, N.M. — A 59-year-old Plactias homeowner shot and killed a suspected intruder early Wednesday morning, according to the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office.
Lt. Keith Elder said that between 6 and 6:30 a.m., the male intruder entered a home located on N.M. 165 in Placitas.
As the two men struggled over a handgun, the homeowner “overpowered” and shot the intruder. Elder said investigators believe that the gun involved in the shooting belonged to the intruder.
Neighbors reported hearing multiple gunshots.
The suspect, who died at the scene, has not been identified. Elder said the homeowner’s name has not been released for safety reasons.
The homeowner was transported to the University of New Mexico Sandoval Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained during the altercation.
The incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office and New Mexico State Police. Unattended vehicles found near the home are being investigated for possible connection to the incident.
Elder said whether the homeowner is criminally charged will be determined after the investigation is concluded.