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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.”


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    entryteam8

    over 4 years ago

    18 Comments

    Get well soon my brothers......Be safe as you continue to do god's will and rid the scumbags from his blessed earth!

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    RONRJ26

    over 4 years ago

    64 Comments

    Good guys win.

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    jerrydhunt

    over 4 years ago

    6 Comments


    how much does one more bullet cost a lot less than the county going to pay the hospital

    paw.

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    summerduck

    over 4 years ago

    22 Comments

    It's getting really dangerous out there boys.

    Be REALLY carefull!!!!!!

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    clovera

    over 4 years ago

    596 Comments

    My thoughts and prayers go to the officers for a speedy recovery as well as the two victims who died at the hands of this coward...

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    Richard2949

    over 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    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.
    Why do we waste good taxpayer money on this garbage? Let them bleed out and go to a better place. HELL.

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    Richard2949

    over 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    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.
    Why do we waste good taxpayer money on this garbage? Let them bleed out and go to a better place. HELL.

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    wiseass0282

    over 4 years ago

    10982 Comments

    Glad the officers will recover. Hope they give this guy the max.

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    snoopyg

    over 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    The downed officers are in my prayers. I hope Vega gets life without payroll or death.

    Take care,
    Donna Green
    West Memphis, Arkansas

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    Japeters1127

    over 4 years ago

    78 Comments

    300 dollar bond? I hope his bond is higher now.

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    Phantomleader

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    Recover quick brothers. I pray for you - SV from NYPD

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    loaded_dice

    over 4 years ago

    24 Comments

    God Protects Us.............

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    vlouie

    over 4 years ago

    1366 Comments

    Thoughts and prayers to our brothers for a speedy recovery. Pull the plug on that oxygen thief, less one to trial.

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    Mouse223

    over 4 years ago

    102 Comments

    Get well soon. This crazy bastard isn't going anywhere anytime soon, and there are more than enough witnesses and victims to testify against him. What is that, like 6 counts of attempted murder and 2 counts murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm times how many bullets he fired and 6 counts aggravated battery with a firearm and violation of bail bond, plus other things? Yeah. He's doomed. >=D

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    dlrose28

    over 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    Hope you recover quick my brothers.

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