SWAT Standoff And House Explosion Near Las Cruces

Jun 11, 2014

   The Special Response Team with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office was called out Tuesday evening after a domestic standby escalated with one shot fired followed by an explosion inside a mobile home near the intersection of N.M. 478 and Franco Road in Vado.

            Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies said the incident stemmed from a man who had an ongoing feud with his father. The father had barricaded himself inside the home on Monday.

            When the man went back to the home on Tuesday afternoon with a sheriff’s deputy, the father – reported to be approximately 60 years old – allegedly fired a shot at his son through the front door. The deputy immediately cleared the area and called for assistance of the Special Response Team (SRT).

            The SRT arrived at the home around 5 p.m. and crisis negotiators tried communicating with the subject inside the home. There was no response.

            At approximately 8:30 p.m., an explosion occurred inside the home and immediately set the house on fire. The source of the explosion is unknown at this time.

            Crews with the Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department responded and began dousing the fire. The condition of the subject inside the home is unknown.

            Late Tuesday night, the scene was turned over to fire investigators with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. The Doña Ana County Fire Marshal’s Office also remained on scene.

            There were no injuries to sheriff’s deputies or fire personnel.


Information from: Dona Ana County