Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Death of Rio Rancho Man Ruled a Suicide.


RIO RANCHO The death of a Rio Rancho man who was shot by police before shooting himself in the head was a suicide, the state Office of the Medical Investigator has ruled.

Rio Rancho police shot Norman Varela, 37, of Rio Rancho, during an Oct. 2 standoff after he left the rear of his North Hills home and pointed his gun at police, Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. John Francis has said.

Varela then staggered back onto his porch and shot himself in the head with a 9mm handgun, Francis has said. …

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