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Three Officers Shot in Apparent Ambush

Three Officers Shot in Apparent Ambush

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Associated Press

May 11, 2010

ROSWELL, N.M. —A man accused of wounding three Roswell police officers and killing two other people had been released from jail less than two hours before the early Monday shooting spree, a detention center official said.

Chaves County Detention Center administrator Alfonso Solis said David Vega, 47, was arrested for a petty misdemeanor involving a domestic dispute shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday. Vega paid a $300 bond and was released around 12:30 a.m. Monday.

At about 2 a.m., officers responded to a domestic call at the same house and Vega opened fire on them as he came out of the home.

“It appears that he had planned some sort of ambush,” police spokesman Travis Holley said.

Vega was hit when the officers returned fire, and he was flown to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. His condition was not released.

State police have him in custody at the hospital, Holley said.

The officers’ wounds were “somewhat superficial” and all three are expected to make a full recovery, Holley said. Two were treated at a Roswell hospital and released, while the third remained at the hospital.

When police entered the home after the shooting, they found two dead adults. The victims were not immediately identified, but Holley said it appeared they were related to Vega.

“This investigation is very, very fresh,” Holley said. “We’re withholding all the names involved because it does appear to be a family situation.”

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    First, I want to send out a prayer to the two victims who lost their lives in this unfortunate incident. Secondly, I want to send out my condolences to the family members that are still living. Thirdly, I want to send out a prayer to the police officers and their loved ones. As for the murderer, It would be my first instinct to want him to rot in hell, but that would bring myself down to his level. I believe that we should all pray that God will have mercy on his soul. Obviously this man is already hurting pretty bad and he did what he did bcause he is not well. I'm not excusing his actions by any means. I'm just saying that it's easier to condem a person than it is to pray for him. I have made many mistakes because I did not deal with my anger and over time it built up to the point where it could have been volital if I didn't take the steps to get the very much needed help. It was only because I have been blessed with a great support system and in that I can manage my feelings and emotions on a daily basis.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Get well soon my brothers! When is this type of insanity going to get the kind of media attention that so much lesser garbage has gotten? If you're behind a shield, safe.

  • 26213_100959556606703_100000779764078_24284_18998_n_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Those three officers deserve an accommodation

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    What a dirtbag; frankly I hope he croaks and saves the taxpayers money!

  • L_4f0d1cb21b1f4017b66c0620466e0dcf_max50


    over 4 years ago


    well first allen's from space, then allen's from mexico, now allen's with gun's! where has are country gone. hope the thrid officer is ok

  • Uniphone1_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Two questions? 1. What was he arrested for originally? 2. Did the bond ($300) fit the crime? My prayers go out for the officers, and the families of the deceased.....

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    AMEN Richard2949!!! they should have thrown him in an ambulance and driven his ass down every dirt road between them and the "regular" hospital maybe he would have bled out by then...or even better the officers should have taken just one more shot at him!!

  • Decepticons_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Seattle bleeding hearts and the FBI are worried about cops a Hispanic man Mexican but where are they when Cops get ambushed doing their job?

  • Pic-0239_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Im in New Mexico, there is no death penalty stinks I know. God bless the officers and I pray for the people this man killed as well.

  • Graw_orb_glow_max50


    over 4 years ago



    I would have to agree to an extent with Richard.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    You said it Richard2949.

  • Hpim0502_max50


    over 4 years ago


    What are the laws regarding the Death Penalty in New Mexico???

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    This scumag should have met the same fate as the two adults in the house. but we all know he will cost us thousands of dollars for his defence and then more to house him for the next forty years.
    my prayers are for the LEO's injured.

  • Ms_me_max50


    over 4 years ago


    WOW ! ......I will keep you in my prayers my brothers...get well soon!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Officers, Get well soon. Hopefully the scum responsible gets locked up and the key thrown away.

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