Rio Rancho Police Shoot and Kill Man at Arrowhead Ridge Apartments
By: ABQ RAW staff
Posted: 1/31/2023 @9:23AM
video footage from scene after Rio Rancho Police Shoot and Kill an armed man with a gun
Rio Rancho, NM - On January 31st around 12:30am, The Rio Rancho Police Department were called to the Arrowhead Ridge Apartments to investigate criminal activity.
According to a social media post by RRPD, when officers arrived on the scene, they were faced with circumstances which resulted in a fatal Officer Involved Shooting (OIS). RRPD Officers were unharmed in the event. There is not an active threat to the public related to this incident. There is an ongoing investigation at this time.
The suspect was shot and killed at the apartments. Reportedly, he had wounds to his torso and the incident took place at the west end of the complex. Witnesses told us they heard four shots during the incident.
The New Mexico State Police is leading a multi agency investigation into the shooting.
NMSP told us in press release the initial facts of the investigation:
On Tuesday, January 31, 2023, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate an officer-involved shooting involving the Rio Rancho Police Department (RRPD).
Agents learned at around 12:30 a.m., the Rio Rancho Police Department (RRPD) responded to the Arrowhead Apartments, located at 4515 Arrowhead Ridge Drive in Rio Rancho, NM, in reference to a noise complaint call. When RRPD officers arrived on the scene, they made contact with the suspect, identified as Daemen Perea, 23, of Rio Rancho at the patio of his apartment. Officers gave commands to Perea who was armed with a firearm to drop the gun. At that time, two RRPD officers fired their duty weapons striking Perea.
Officers immediately rendered aid to Perea until emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene. Perea was sustained fatal injuries and pronounced deceased on the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.
The Rio Rancho Police officers involved will not be named by the New Mexico State Police. For information on their duty status or administrative actions taken, please contact the Rio Rancho Police Department.
This incident remains under investigation by the NMSP Investigations Bureau, which works to independently determine the series of events that led up to the shooting, including collecting evidence and conducting interviews. Throughout the process, investigative findings are shared with the district attorney for their review and consideration.
The New Mexico State Police acts solely as fact finders on its cases and does not determine whether the actions of an officer were justified in these types of matters. That decision rests with the district attorney’s office.
We will update the story as details are released.
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