Man With Gun Apprehended Outside Ohkay Casino
The Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a male armed with a handgun and threatening suicide by cop was detained Friday.
On Friday March 3, 2017, at 7:16 A.M. the Rio Arriba Regional Dispatched received a call asking for the Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office to check on a male by the name of Tony Archuleta. The caller advised he was an employer of Mr. Archuleta and had received a strange message from Mr. Archuleta that prompted the call. Tony Archuleta is a truck driver from Colorado who was in transit to Texas from Colorado.
Rio Arriba Sheriff James D, Lujan was in the immediate area of the Okay Casino and Hotel when the call came out, after a brief search of the area located a male individual walking in the median of State Road 68 near the casino. Sheriff Lujan contacted the male who then made a Suicide By Cop treat, indicating to Sheriff Lujan he would point a gun at the Sheriff forcing Sheriff Lujan to shoot him. The male did display a handgun at that time.
As additional Law Enforcement agencies arrived on the scene State Road 68 was shut down in all directions from the North City limits of Espanola to State Road 74 in Ohkay Owingeh. New Mexico State Police, New Mexico Special Investigation Division, New Mexico Department of Transportation, Ohkay Owingeh Police Department, Espanola Police and Espanola Valley EMS all coordinated with the Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office to shut down State Road 68 and surrounding roadways while negotiations with the subject went on. At approximately 0920 Sheriff Lujan who had been able to speak face to face with the subject was able to deploy a Tazer, disarming Mr. Archuleta ending the standoff without incident.
At his time Mr. Archuleta is currently being evaluated at a local hospital but was not injured in the incident nor were any shots fired. State Road 68 has been re-opened.