Police not saying if shot Espanola teen was armed

Posted at: 06/12/2014 11:27 AM
Updated at: 06/12/2014 12:54 PM
By: The Associated Press

Victor Villalpando, 16.
Victor Villalpando, 16.

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico State Police are not confirming whether a teenager was armed when he was fatally shot by an Espanola police officer.
    
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that state police spokesman Damyan Brown refused to comment on whether 16-year-old Victor Villalpando had a gun during Sunday's shooting.
    
Brown says investigators on Thursday are interviewing the officers involved.
    
Authorities say two Espanola officers responded to a report of a suspicious person in a parking lot behind a shopping center and then made contact with Villalpando.
    
Espanola Public Safety Director Eric Garcia says the officers had tried to talk the teen into putting down a gun. According to the officers, he had a knife as well.
    
The officers have since been placed on administrative leave.
   
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