Socorro County Gun Violence

  • On March 6, 2019 in Socorro County, New Mexico, the New Mexico State police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate a police shooting involving the Socorro County Sheriff’s office. They had been investigating the report of a stolen Chrysler Cruiser. When they arrived at the scene, Leon Gustafson, age 46, revved the engine and accelerated the car towards Sheriff Armijo. Detective Lopez fired a round at the vehicle. Gustafson was taken into custody. He was wanted on multiple felony charges. Source: B. Chieftain
  • On May 26, 2016, New Mexico State Police investigated a deadly shooting that happened on I-25 southbound near Socorro, New Mexico. Investigators said the suspect was killed by officers, and is believed to have been a suspect wanted for carjacking. Source: KRQE
  • On December 8, 2015 in Socorro County, New Mexico, 29 year-old Daniel Reynolds, who had a stolen gun, was shot by the DA’s investigator. Reynolds was allegedly driving a stolen car when the DA’s investigator tried to pull him over with the help from a Socorro County sheriff’s deputy. Reynolds remains hospitalized in stable condition. Source: KRQE
  • On January 14, 2014 in Socorro County, New Mexico, the bodies of 2 men were found shot to death in a canal. Police are treating it as a homicide investigation. Source: KVIA.com
  • On July 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, New Mexico, a downtown drive by shooting occurred in the middle of the day. 5 to 6 shots were fired on Douglas Ave. Days later, another drive by shooting occurred with 3 shots being fired on Perez St. Source: Las Vegas Times
  • On June 21, 2009 in Socorro, New Mexico, 2 members of the Barrio Azteca gang shot and killed 2 brothers at a Socorro bar after a fight erupted at 2:00 a.m. SOURCE: KOAT
  • On August 12, 2013, police were dispatched to a hospital in reference to a gun shot victim. The victim identified 2 men as suspects who were arrested later in the day for the crime. Source: B. Chieftain
  • On March 27, 2013 in Socorro, New Mexico, a Socorro man reported that a man instigated an argument and then pulled a gun on him. Source: B. Chieftain
  • On April 28, 2013 in Socorro, New Mexico, a woman reported to the police that her vehicle had been shot at with a rifle. Source: B. Chieftain
  • On June 20, 2015 in Socorro, New Mexico, a woman reported that during a child exchange at a Chevron gas station, the suspect threatened to shoot her and her boyfriend. Source: B. Chieftain
  • On June 26, 2015 in Socorro, New Mexico, a victim said that he was approached by a suspect with a firearm who demanded his wallet. When the suspect fled, he ran directly into a police car. He was booked in the Socorro Detention Center. Source: B. Chieftain
  • On July 2, 2015 in Socorro, New Mexico, a drive-by shooting occurred on 6th street. The suspect in the shooting then crashed his car in a ditch. Both the driver and the shooter were intoxicated. Source: B. Chieftain
  • On July 5, 2015 in Socorro, New Mexico, officers were called to a home where a man said a woman had pointed a gun at him. When the police arrived the woman was hallucinating and suicidal. Her firearm was placed as evidence and she was taken to a mental hospital in Albuquerque. Source: B. Chieftain

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