The Rio Rancho Police Department was involved in a fatal shooting at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.
A press release from the New Mexico State Police says that RRPD officers were called to the Arrowhead Ridge Apartments, 4415 Arrowhead Ridge Drive, to investigate a noise complaint. Daemen Perea, 23, was on the patio of his apartment, holding a firearm, when officers arrived to address the complaint. They ordered him to drop the gun, and two officers fired at Perea.
Perea was pronounced dead at the scene despite immediate aid being rendered by officers and medical personnel. No officers were harmed in the incident. The officers involved have been placed on the standard paid administrative leave, which Lt. Jacquelynn Reedy, spokesperson for RRPD, said is standard procedure in critical incidents.
“The Rio Rancho Police Department would like to thank the community for their continued support,” a predawn post on RRPD’s Facebook page reads. “Public safety will always remain our highest priority. There is not an ongoing threat to the public related to this incident.”
No prior records for Perea were found in a search of online court documents.
New Mexico State Police say they will not name the officers involved in the shooting. No additional information from RRPD is available at this time. The incident remains under investigation by the NMSP Investigations Bureau. Findings from the investigation, including the series of events that led up the the shooting, evidence collection and interviews, will be shared with the district attorney for review, including whether the officers’ actions were justified.
The Observer will provide updates as they become available.