Valencia County Gun Violence

  • On April 20, 2019, in Valencia County, New Mexico, Darren Bernal, age 40, Nathan Morrison, age 28, and Joseph Santiago, age 28 were shot and killed. Valencia County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested three teenagers in connection with the triple homicide. Brandon Dowdy, age 18, Anthony William, age 17, and Robert Wilson, age 19, were charged with three counts of murder. Source: KOB4
  • On March 2, 2019, in Meadow Lake, New Mexico, Stephen Benevides and Brittany Torres had forced their way into a home and demanded money. The homeowner fired several shots towards them striking them both. They fled on foot and were later located. Both were transported to a hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Source: Valencia County News-Bulletin
  • On March 2, 2019, in Meadow Lake, New Mexico, Daniel Sandoval, age 26, was shot and killed by Jesus Angel Garcia, age 32, and Alexandro Montelongo Murillo, age 24. Police were dispatched to a home where they found Sandoval shot multiple times. He was transported to a hospital where he died. The two men allegedly engaged in a vehicle pursuit with Daniel Sandoval and Scott Sandoval, who were not hurt. Source: Valencia County News-Bulletin
  • On March 1, 2019, in El Cerro Mission, New Mexico, Mateo Mendoza-Silva, age 43, discharged a shotgun at Jesus Alvaro Aboyte, age 22. Aboyte was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Mendoza-Silva was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Source:
  • On February 28, 2019, in Belen, New Mexico, police received several calls for shots fired. Officers discovered two men, age 34 and 40, with gunshot injuries. Both were transported to the hospital for treatment. Source:
  • On February 7, 2019, in Bosque Farms, New Mexico, Samuel Orona, age 28, was charged with driving a stolen vehicle and fleeing from a law enforcement officer. The suspect fired upon the officers and one officer fired back. New Mexico State Police are handling the investigation. Source:
  • On February 4, 2019, in Valencia County, New Mexico, Rebecca Baldonado, 37 years old, was shot and killed by Gilbert Duran, 24 years old. Duran, who was Baldonado’s boyfriend, drove into her yard in his pickup truck, pulled her out of the truck, laid her on the ground and told the neighbor to call 911. He then drove away and was later arrested. Source:
  • On August 24, 2018, in Los Lunas, New Mexico, the New Mexico state police investigated a shooting in which a Valencia County Sheriff’s deputy shot two burglaries suspects – one fatally. When deputies arrived, they found Vanessa Ordonez, age 16, dead and Casey Peralta, age 33, with a shotgun wound to the head. The investigation continues. Source: Valencia County News Bulletin
  • On March 27, 2018, in Los Lunas, New Mexico, a Los Lunas police officer opened fire at a suspect believed to be a prowler in a residential area. At some point during the encounter, at least one Los Lunas police officer fired, hitting the suspect. The extent of the suspect’s injuries is not known. The incident is under investigation. Source: KOB4
  • On October 16, 2017, in Belen, New Mexico, Mykl Chavez, age 28, a suspect in a stolen vehicle sustained an injury following an officer-involved shooting. New Mexico state police said an officer spotted a stolen vehicle. At some point during the encounter, Chavez tried to run the officer over and the officer fired at him. Chavez was taken to a University of New Mexico Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Source: KOB4
  • On September 25, 2017, Miranda Molinar, age 22, was shot and killed at a home. Sheriff’s deputies say what started as a gathering of teens and young adults ended with a 17-year-old being charged with murder. There was some sort of a dispute although the police aren’t saying what it was about. Detectives are investigating whether alcohol was involved and where the gun came from. Source: KRQE News
  • On February 4, 2017, in Rio Communities, New Mexico, Brenda Martinez, 35 years old, was found shot and killed. Martinez’s boyfriend, 35-year-old Felix Contreras, is in custody although he has not been charged with her murder. The police believe they got into an argument and the woman went for her friend’s house. They believe he followed her and shot her. Source: KRQE News
  • On July 7, 2016, in Los Lunas, New Mexico, police searched for three suspects involved in an armed robbery. It happened at 3:45 a.m. at the Giant gas station. Surveillance video showed a woman walking in the store and then walking out. Shortly afterward, another man and woman got out of the same car and went into the store with guns. Source: KRQE News
  • On September 14, 2014, in Valencia County, New Mexico, a man was shot several times in his driveway. The shooter then stole his car. Neighbors rushed to the driveway and applied pressure on his wounds until an ambulance arrived. Source: KOAT TV
  • On September 15, 2015, in Los Chavez, New Mexico, 2 men were shot and killed at a gas station on Route 314. Both men were members of rival gangs. Source: KOAT TV
  • On September 10, 2013, in Jarales, New Mexico, Jordon Hurd was taken into custody after shooting and killing 54-year-old Wesley Hobbs and his 24-year-old daughter Amanda Hobbs. Hurd also shot 49-year-old Patricia Hobbs, who survived the shooting. Source: Albuquerque Journal
  • In August of 2004 in Belen, New Mexico, a 10-year-old shot and killed his father in front of his sister.
  • On August 24, 2005, in Belen, New Mexico, 22-year-old Anthony Chavez was charged in the shooting death of a Belen man. He faces one count of murder and one count of an armed robbery. Source:
  • On May 22, 2012, in Valencia County, New Mexico, 36-year-old Oscar Quintana was shot in his home on Primero Rd. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Source: KOAT TV
  • On July 13, 2014, in Los Lunas, New Mexico, police responded to a fatal shooting that began with an altercation at the Allsup’s. The suspect shot and killed 21-year-old Charles Davlin. Source: KOAT TV
  • On May 7, 2014, in Los Lunas, New Mexico, a man fired 75 to 80 shots at police officers during a standoff. The officers were responding to a domestic violence incident. The shooter’s wife and 2 younger children escaped but the shooter kept his 14-year-old inside until the officers negotiated his son’s release. Source: KOAT TV
  • On February 2, 2014, in Las Lunas, New Mexico, authorities found the body of a boy. He had been shot 4 times. Source: New York Daily News
  • On April 28, 2015, in Los Lunas, New Mexico, in the Los Lunas Guns and Pawn Shop, 4 people attempted an armed robbery. Source: KOAT TV
  • On July 7, 2015, in Belen, New Mexico, deputies responded to a reported shooter in the Hilltop Estates area. 42-year-old Jack of Belen was found dead with 2 gunshot wounds. Source: The Daily Beast

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