Suspect in fatal shooting releases son, kills himself

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The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office located a man suspected of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend Tuesday in Santa Fe overnight.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the suspect was located off County Road 56 east of the Santa Fe Airport. By 1 a.m. members of the SWAT team were assembling near the scene. After a four-hour standoff, the suspect released his son to authorities and then turned a gun on himself in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

According to the report, the young boy is unharmed.

Police believe Jose Soto, 39, also known as Jose Melendez-Trillo (TRE'-yoh) was arguing his 34-year-old ex-girlfriend when the shooting occurred. Detectives said Soto took his 5-year-old son after shooting the child's mother. The boy was last seen wearing camouflage pajama bottoms and a tee shirt and had a blue cast on his right arm.

A police helicopter was observed above Los Alamos County in search of Soto for several hours around mid-day Tuesday.

"We don't have specifics but in following up on an investigative lead we asked New Mexico State Police for assistance in using their helicopter and Los Alamos Police to help search local roadways to help widen the search area," said Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office Investigations Supervisor Lt. Adan Mendoza. "We've been searching for Mr. Soto since 3 a.m. Tuesday when the shooting occurred in a mobile home park on Airport Road in Santa Fe County.

Soto has three children with his ex-girlfriend but only took his 5-year-old son, Mendoza said.

Watch for more details on this developing story.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.