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One suspect dead, officer hurt in casino shooting

Peter Tanzilli, 37

TANZILLI: Air Force vet has been officer for five years

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Video released by the FBI of a fatal officer-involved shooting appears to show the officer pointing his gun at two men who were walking into the Route 66 Casino on the Pueblo of Laguna early Thursday.

What happened next is unclear, because the video stops.

But authorities say shots rang out, leaving one of the men dead and the officer wounded. The other man was on the run Thursday night, according to the FBI.

Officer Peter Tanzilli, 37, who has been with the Pueblo of Laguna Police Department for five years and is an Air Force veteran, was taken to a hospital Thursday morning with at least one gunshot wound.

“Officer Tanzilli is in stable condition at the University of New Mexico Hospital,” Laguna Public Safety Director Jesse Orozco said in a news release. Authorities haven’t said how many times Tanzilli was shot or where on his body the gunshot wounds were.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said Tanzilli had been investigating a stolen vehicle before the 12:30 a.m. shooting.

Surveillance footage released by the FBI shows a silver Lexus with New Mexico license plate NAJ489 drive into the casino parking lot around 11:47 p.m. Wednesday.

The car had body damage to the rear portion of the driver’s side and a red cover on the rear passenger window.

The video shows an officer confronting two occupants of the car as they walk toward the casino. The footage doesn’t include sound, so it’s unclear what the officer says to the suspects, but as the officer approaches, one of the occupants flees.

The video stops before the shooting happens, and Fisher didn’t respond to a request for the full video.

The FBI hasn’t said what happened next, including who shot whom, or explained what sparked the shooting. Officials haven’t released the identity of either suspect.

“This is all the information that is available at this time,” Fisher said in an email Thursday afternoon.

One of the men was shot and killed, and it’s unclear whether he died at the scene or at a hospital.

The man who fled “was wearing black shorts with a white stripe, a black jacket with white trim and black shoes with white soles,” Fisher said. “He did not flee in the vehicle.”

Fisher didn’t say whether authorities believed the man was armed or posed a danger to the community.

Fisher asked anyone with information about the man or his whereabouts to call 505-889-1300.

He said multiple agencies are investigating the shooting.

“The Bureau of Indian Affairs, New Mexico State Police and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation,” he said.

Jilena Livingston was staying at the hotel with her family Wednesday night because her kids were on spring break. She said she went downstairs just after the shooting and didn’t hear the shots.

But she said she overheard other people talking about hearing shots and a woman screaming, and said police blocked off that entrance to the casino.

“It happened right before we walked in, but we didn’t hear anything,” she said.

Firefighters were seen washing blood from the parking lot around 7:30 a.m.

The Albuquerque Police Department offered its support for Tanzilli on social media.

“Prayers for speedy recovery for the Laguna, NM, officer who was shot overnight,” the department wrote in a tweet. “Our thoughts are with all involved.”