Agencies: Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Last updated: 6 months ago
32-year-old Alan Huberth Franco-Armenta was killed by police during a lengthy standoff along a highway in south-central New Mexico. Police said Franco-Armenta was killed by police gunfire after he shot at officers Thursday morning. The standoff along State Route 380 outside of Carrizozo began Wednesday night after Franco-Armenta was located by Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies investigating a domestic violence incident at a home near Capitan.
New Mexico State Police have identified the two officers who shot and killed a man on U.S. 380 two weeks ago as officer Jonathan Tenorio and officer Joseph Chavez.
State Police officers assisted the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office with a nearly 12-hour-long standoff outside Carrizozo on Jan. 6 when Alan Huberth Franco-Armenta, 32, threatened to kill himself and refused to leave his vehicle, said Sgt. Elizabeth Armijo, an NMSP spokeswoman. Deputies first encountered Franco-Armenta at the scene of a domestic violence call but he fled, she said.
Throughout the nighttime standoff, officers saw and heard shots being fired, Armijo said, and in the daylight they saw Franco-Armenta was aiming at them.
“After they discerned Mr. Franco-Armenta was deliberately shooting at officers and officers’ lives were directly threatened by Mr. Franco-Armenta’s actions, two New Mexico State Police officers fired at Mr. Franco-Armenta,” Armijo said.
Franco-Armenta was struck twice and died at the scene.