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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.”

  • 2011_range_day_2-19-10_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Its gotten so hard to gauge who's gonna go ballistic these days. Hope all our wounded brethren recover quickly, and the perp never again sees the light of day.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Domestic violence cases should not be allowed out so quickly. There are now two people dead as a result. I hope the officers recover quickly

  • Plmb2s3sk_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    glad no one was killed, this could have ended much worse.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Praying for a speedy recovery for the injured Officers.....

  • 25-1-13-a_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Only $500.00 bond for a DV related charge and no one took his weapons? I think that the bail / bond amounts need to be reviewed and raised accordingly to make it more difficult for an offender to be released and hopefully prevent more of this from happening.

    Just another reminder how dangerous DV calls are and that we need to be constantly aware of the potential for an armed attack upon our arrival. God speed a quick recovery to the wounded officers. Maybe now the suspect will be kept where he belongs....... behind bars.

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