Angel Fire Police Officer shoots, kills man with knife at house fire

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 5/5/19

Seventeen firefighters, two emergency services workers and police officers responded to a structure fire early Sunday morning (April 5) that burned an Angel Fire residence where a shooting also took …

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Angel Fire Police Officer shoots, kills man with knife at house fire

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Updated May 5 at 7 p.m.

The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau is looking into an officer-involved shooting that took place at a house fire Sunday morning (May 5) in Angel Fire, where a local police officer shot and a killed a man who was allegedly wielding a knife.

State police Public Information Officer Ray Wilson confirmed the fatal shooting in a press release sent Sunday evening, but said the identity of the man who was killed is pending an investigation by the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator.

Earlier on Sunday, Angel Fire Fire Chief John Murtagh said his crew was dispatched to the structure fire at 2:45 a.m. near Monte Verde Lake. Wilson said the home was located at 14 Mountain Lake Terrace.

Murtagh said they arrived within eight minutes to find the home in flames and collapsed in on itself.

Firefighters from Moreno Valley and Eagle Nest joined his team at the scene of the blaze, along with at least one officer from Angel Fire Police Department.

At some point during the firefighting efforts, the local officer encountered the unidentified man holding a knife somewhere outside the home, according to the press release.

"During the encounter, the Angel Fire Police Officer discharged his weapon," the press release reads. "The assailant was struck by the officer's gunfire, and later died in the ambulance, where he was pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator."

Wilson said the identity of the officer who fired the fatal shots would not be released until further investigation.

This is a developing story.

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