Man Charged For Shooting At Alamogordo Police Sergeant

NMSP News:

ALAMOGORDO — At approximately 11:48 a.m., Feb. 13 the Alamogordo Police Department responded to a residence on Stanford Avenue in Alamogordo reference to a neighbor dispute.

When the sergeant arrived at the residence, he met with the reporting party. As the sergeant conducted an interview with the reporting party, he heard approximately four gunshots fired toward his direction from 2410 Stanford Ave.

The sergeant had the reporting party seek cover in their residence as he moved toward the residence where the shots were fired.

The sergeant observed a male subject who was identified as Nathan Contreras, 41 of Alamogordo standing outside of 2410 Stanford Ave., armed with a handgun.

The sergeant identified himself as a police officer and gave verbal commands to Contreras to drop the gun. Contreras ignored the commands and fired approximately three more shots toward the sergeant. Contreras then barricaded himself inside the residence.

The New Mexico State Police (NMSP) Tactical Team and Crisis Negotiation Team assumed control of the incident and scene. After hours of negotiations, Contreras surrendered peacefully and was taken into custody without further incident.  

Contreras was booked into the Otero County Detention Center and was charged with:

  • Aggravated Assault (Use of a Deadly Weapon);
  • Aggravated Assault (Use of a Deadly Weapon);
  • Aggravated Assault upon a Peace Officer;
  • Possession of a Firearm or Destructive Device by a Felon;
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance; and
  • Criminal Damage to Property.

The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate the incident. No officers or citizens were injured by gunfire during the incident. This investigation is still active and ongoing.