Herman Flores, 31

Santa Fe, New Mexico
January 27, 2016

Agencies: New Mexico State Police DPS

Cause of death: Shooting

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Last updated: almost 5 years ago


SFPD detective John Van Etten shot and killed 31-year-old Herman Flores at a Santa Fe Motel 6 in January 2016. Flores had allegedly robbed a nearby Walmart with a gun before fleeing to the motel.

In a news release, the State Police also disclosed that, in an armed robbery at a nearby Walmart store that preceded the officer-involved shooting, a gunman got away with several thousand dollars and that a large amount of cash also was found later with Flores’ belongings after he was shot.

Legal Action

It was reported on March 24, 2019 that the Santa Fe District Attorney’s office cleared the Santa Fe Police officer in the fatal shooting of Flores, but the office never made a public announcement. according to the report, it was the second time within the prior three years that the office did not make a general announcement that it had found a fatal shooting by an officer to be justified.