Chief: More than 70 rounds fired at police during Los Lunas standoff

Posted at: 05/05/2014 2:37 PM
Updated at: 05/05/2014 5:10 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

New Mexico State Police say a Los Lunas man fired up to 80 shots at them from inside his house before they shot and wounded him early Saturday morning.

He is listed in critical but stable condition in an Albuquerque hospital. His name is Daniel Olguin, 41, and it looks like he will live. Cops say one thing is for sure, he's lucky.

For five hours it was a standoff: Police responding to a domestic violence call at the Olguin residence, Olguin firing at them from doorways before finally letting his 14-year-old son go, then firing again.

Police said they tried to negotiate with Olguin to no avail.

"He continued to fire at officers throughout the incident with several weapons," State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said. "Mr. Olguin fired approximately 75 to 80 rounds at officers during the ordeal."

Kassetas said Olguin finally came out of the house holding a rifle over his head and obeyed orders to set it on the ground. He then walked toward officers, the chief said, but turned around, retrieved the rifle, shouldered it and aimed it at officers. Three officers, all from the state police, fired at Olguin and dropped him to the ground.

"I suppose everybody was lucky that night," Kassetas said during a briefing for reporters Monday afternoon. "The officers that responded, I think there were probably 20 police officers there. After receiving 75 to 80 rounds from a high powered rifle, I can tell you police officers are not trained to disable when it gets to that level of force, so he's a very lucky man also."

Kassetas said he is not sure yet how many times Olguin was shot. He said one officer needed nine stitches in his jaw after falling through a roof while taking cover from Olguin's gunfire.