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Hector B Leija, 61
Carlsbad, New Mexico
August 07, 2013

Agencies: Carlsbad Police Department New Mexico

Last updated: 8 months ago

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A 61-year-old man is dead after an early-morning encounter Wednesday with Carlsbad police.

Police said in a press release that officers responded to a disturbance on the 3800 block of Fleetwood Street, where they found the man armed with a gun.

Neighbors, who identified the victim as Hector Leija, a father, husband, and grandfather, said they heard several shots fired during the early-morning incident.

A neighbor of the victim, who asked not to be identified, said she woke up around 12:25 a.m. to the sound of gunfire. “It sounded like they were shooting at a mob boss or something,” she said.