Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Man Dies in Police Standoff.

Byline: Jeremy Pawloski Journal Staff Writer

DPS: Man Shot Self After Being Wounded

A Rio Rancho police officer shot a Rio Rancho man late Sunday night after he pointed a gun at officers, a police spokesman said.

After being injured by police gunfire outside his back door about 11:30 p.m., the man then staggered back to his porch and shot himself in the head with a 9mm handgun, Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety Sgt. John Francis said Monday.

Norman Varela, 37, of Rio Rancho was pronounced dead upon arrival at University of New Mexico Hospital.

For three hours before the shooting, police and crisis negotiators had tried to talk Varela into giving up a gun after he had threatened suicide at his Plum Road home, Francis said. …

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