- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico State Police confirm a teenager was armed when he was fatally shot by an Espanola police officer, but investigators aren’t providing any details about the weapon.

State Police spokesman Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said Thursday the investigation into the shooting of 16-year-old Victor Villalpando is ongoing.

Authorities say two Espanola officers responded to a report Sunday of a suspicious person in a parking lot behind a shopping center and then made contact with Villalpando.

They say it was Villalpando who called 911 to report the suspicious person. He used a different name to make the call and claimed the suspicious person was armed with a gun and hitting himself.

Espanola Public Safety Director Eric Garcia says officers tried to talk the teen into putting down a gun. According to the officers, he had a knife as well.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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