This update gives additional details that led up to the shooting.
Espanola, NM–On Tuesday, November 22, 2022, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate an officer-involved shooting involving the Espanola Police Department (EPD).
Agents learned at around 12:00 p.m., the Espanola Police Department (EPD) responded to the Pajarito Housing, located at 125 B Calle Del Sol in Espanola, NM, in reference to domestic violence call. When EPD officers arrived on the scene, they both approached the residence. As one EPD officer walked toward the back of the residence, the other EPD officer walked toward the front entrance and made contact with the suspect, identified as Jerome Naranjo, at the front door. Upon contact, Naranjo attempted to close the door on the officer but was unsuccessful. As one officer entered the residence, a physical altercation ensued after the officer observed Naranjo armed with a handgun in his right hand. The second officer heard the altercation and ran to assist. During the altercation, both officers grabbed Naranjo’s right arm and hand in an attempt to take the handgun away from him. Both officers observed Naranjo turn his wrist with the handgun and point it toward the officers. At that time, one of the EPD officers attempted to discharge his department-issued taser, but it malfunctioned. The EPD officer then drew his department-issued firearm and discharged it at least once toward Naranjo, striking him. Naranjo continued to hold onto the handgun and ignored verbal commands given by both EPD officers to drop the gun. EPD officers were able to retrieve the handgun away from Naranjo.
Both EPD officers rendered aid to Naranjo and called for an ambulance. Naranjo was transported from the scene to an area hospital and later flown to a hospital in Albuquerque. He is currently listed in stable condition. Upon his release, he will be facing charges.
No officers were physically injured during this incident. For the identity of the officers involved, their duty status, and information on the domestic violence call or the charges that Naranjo will be facing, please reach out to EPD.
The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau agents work to independently determine the series of events that led up to the shooting, including collecting evidence and conducting interviews. Throughout the process, investigative findings are shared with the district attorney for their review and consideration.
The New Mexico State Police acts solely as factfinders in its cases and does not determine whether the actions of an officer were justified in these types of matters. That decision rests with the district attorney’s office.