LAPD officer put on administrative leave

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A Los Alamos police officer is on paid administrative leave after a shooting incident at the Pajarito Cliffs Site on Feb. 17 in Los Alamos.

According to a press release from the New Mexico State Police, which investigates all officer-involved shootings in the state,

LAPD Officer Jemuel Montoya discharged his weapon while trying to stop an attempted break-in at the facility.

The LAPD is also conducting an internal investigation into the shooting.

“Any officer involved in any kind of shooting incident is placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation is done,” said LAPD Commander Preston Ballew. “That’s just standard department policy.”

Montoya’s leave began the day of the incident, Ballew said.

According to the release by the state police, the officer was called to the scene after undercover officers observed a gray Jeep Patriot enter the facility’s parking lot at 3:30 a.m.

Montoya arrived in a marked unit and parked a short distance in front of the Jeep. After engaging his emergency equipment, he exited his patrol unit and gave commands for the suspect, Antonio Trujillo, to stop.

Trujillo did not comply, but ran to the Jeep and began to flee the scene. A second LAPD unit had arrived at this time and parked near the right side of Montoya's patrol unit, and Trujillo drove between the two marked LAPD patrol units towards Montoya’s location. Montoya then fired four shots from his issued AR-15 rifle.

Trujillo fled the scene in the Jeep, leading officers on a chase to Española, where the Jeep crashed and Trujillo fled on foot.

He was later arrested on an unrelated warrant.

According to state police there is no indication of any injuries as a result of the shooting at this time. One PCS building was struck by gunfire.

Montoya has four-and-a-half years of law enforcement experience, with two-and-a-half years with the Los Alamos Police Department.

While NMSP is investigating the shooting, LAPD is handling the internal investigation as well as the investigation related to the burglary of the PCS county building and the subsequent pursuit.