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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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    Gombino

    over 4 years ago

    2658 Comments

    Get well soon Guys.

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    ImpdsAngel

    over 4 years ago

    3140 Comments

    thoughts & prayers for a speedy recovery

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    TGOOS566

    over 4 years ago

    218 Comments

    This is crazy a guy that was arrested for domestic charges paid a $300 bond and then hours later shot the same officers that arrested him, WOW, I thought louisiana was bad? get well soon to the officers

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    chiefkcr

    over 4 years ago

    3614 Comments

    I pray for a speedy recovery and return to full duty for the three Officers.

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    FireDad

    over 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Speedy recovery to the Officers.

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    BigNTS

    over 4 years ago

    6836 Comments

    Speedy recovery to the officers.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Speedy recovery officers. Prayers to the victims and their families.

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    rsironron

    over 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    I pray for a speedy recovery to the officers.

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    djs2v

    over 4 years ago

    5628 Comments

    Prayers for the officers speedy recovery. I hope the idiot goes away for life.

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    rhood

    over 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Prayers go out to the victims, the justice system has failed them. Best wishes for a full recovery to the officers. As for the POS who did this, it is a shame that he survived, try him and put him away for life.

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    JP503

    over 4 years ago

    7616 Comments

    Speedy recovery to the officers.

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    IowaNinersFan

    over 4 years ago

    22188 Comments

    Speedy recovery to the officers. Let's hope this POS is put away for a long time.

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    SuzanneNGa

    over 4 years ago

    16562 Comments

    *sighs* always breaks my heart reading or hearing about these incidents. Prayers go out to the officers involved.

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    aussie4

    over 4 years ago

    5328 Comments

    That many Leo's and this pos went tot he hospital, that is what I deem a bad shooting, should have erased that pos.

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    OFFICER_K_CPD

    over 4 years ago

    2296 Comments

    God Bless.

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