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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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    chrissanders

    almost 4 years ago

    5232 Comments

    Praying for a speedy recovery for the officers.

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 4 years ago

    45970 Comments

    My prayers for a full and speedy recovery.

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    servingproud

    almost 4 years ago

    4670 Comments

    GODs speed to the Officers. May this POS rot in hell.....

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    uncledennis1

    almost 4 years ago

    23114 Comments

    Speedy recovery officers. The suspect is a piece of shit scumbag coward.

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    Whalewatcher

    almost 4 years ago

    10918 Comments

    Time for this POS to do time, and lots of it !!!! Best wishes for a quick and full recovery for the injured officers.

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    Jonas

    almost 4 years ago

    41146 Comments

    My prayers for speedy recoveries.

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    wildsoldier

    almost 4 years ago

    1246 Comments

    Recover quickly, keep this POS locked up this time...

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    Sheriff_1

    almost 4 years ago

    8026 Comments

    Good job. Speedy recovery to the officers involved

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    gn13

    almost 4 years ago

    518 Comments

    Hope he doesn't get out so quick easy this time...Maybe the judge will notice this guy is setting a pattern of violence that is increasing.

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    rmstone

    almost 4 years ago

    5122 Comments

    Speedy recovery for all involved officers, glad the perp is off the streets and will pay for what he did.

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    dolphinblue

    almost 4 years ago

    42824 Comments

    Speedy and full recovery for all involved officers.

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    bsears

    almost 4 years ago

    9372 Comments

    Speedy recovery for all officers involved.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Get well soon brothers.
    Too bad the perp didn't get enough lead. I hope he fries for this.

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    95Zcar

    almost 4 years ago

    3992 Comments

    Anyone else think we are not targets?

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    kweikman

    almost 4 years ago

    796 Comments

    Sad to hear this happened. Speedy recovery to all involved

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