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Man shot by Santa Fe deputy could face felony charges

Sept. 21 – New Mexico state police said a man injured in a shootout last week by a deputy sheriff’s deputy Santa Fe County could face felony charges upon discharge from hospital.

Marvin Montoya, 39, was shot dead Thursday by a MP in a stalemate near the Allsup store in southern Santa Fe near the intersection of NM 599 and Avenida Del Sur.

No charges had been brought against Montoya by Monday afternoon, said Officer Dusty Francisco, a state police spokesman, but he could be charged at least once as a felon in possession of a firearm.

Court records show that a man with the same name and age as Montoya was convicted of drug offenses and aggravated assault in 2013.

Montoya, an Allsup’s employee, was shot after MPs responded to a call about an armed and desperate man in the supermarket. When MPs arrived, Montoya fired a round from his handgun in the air in front of the shop before escaping behind the building, state police said in a press release on Friday.

The Santa Fe County’s SWAT team spent hours trying to negotiate with Montoya, who was hiding in the bushes, but was later shot in the lower chest, Francisco said.

Francisco added that he was likely suicidal at the time, but investigators aren’t sure if alcohol was a factor in the incident.

The state police have not disclosed the name of the MP who shot Montoya.

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