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Man accused of killing five people in shooting rampage in New Mexico

June 17, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Man accused of killing five people in shooting rampage in New Mexico

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By MORGAN LEE and SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN
Associated Press

ABIQUIU, New Mexico (AP) A man accused of killing three family members and two other people in a shooting rampage that crossed two New Mexico counties is in custody following a pursuit and crash, authorities said.

The New Mexico State Police said 21-year-old Damian Herrera was arrested Thursday evening after his mother, stepfather and adult brother were killed that afternoon at a home in what appeared to be a domestic dispute.

Subsequent victims killed included a man killed in his home whose pickup was stolen and a man fatally shot at a general store in Abiquiu.

According to the State Police, Herrera was arrested after a pursuit by sheriff’s deputies, a crash of the stolen pickup and a scuffle with law enforcement officers.

Family members among five dead in northern NM killing spree committed by Damian Herrera (above)

District Attorney Marco Serna said his office will charge Herrera with five counts of open murder and will request that he be held without bond.

The killings “are horrific, senseless and have rocked northern New Mexico to its core,” Serna said.

The State Police identified the three family members killed Thursday as Maria Rosita Gallegos, 49, Max Trujillo Sr., 55, and Brendan Herrera, all from the La Madera area in Rio Arriba County.

La Madera is 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) north of Santa Fe.

Michael Kyte, 61, of Tres Piedras was killed at a home in that Taos County community and his truck stolen, the State Police said.

The La Madera, New Mexico home where Damian Herrera lived with his younger step-brother, mother, and stepfather.

The final victim was Manuel Serrano, 59, of Youngsville, who was shot and killed at a general store in Abiquiu in Rio Arriba County, authorities said.

Sheriff’s deputies spotted the stolen pickup and began chasing it southbound on U.S. 84.

“Herrera was driving so fast that when he came upon a curve he was unable to maintain his lane of travel and veered into oncoming traffic,” the State Police said in a statement.

The pickup then over-corrected to avoid an oncoming State Police vehicle headed to the Abiquiu shooting site and crashed into a tree.

Herrera got out of the crashed pickup, ran toward deputies and was arrested after a scuffle and use of a stun gun, the State Police said.

During the scuffle, Herrera tried to disarm a deputy whose gun discharged but no one was injured by the shot, the State Police said.

However, an Espanola Police Department officer injured his elbow during the scuffle, the State Police said.

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