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One dead in East Alamosa incident

Posted: Saturday, Jan 19th, 2013

The Alamosa Police Department SWAT team found David Lujan dead Friday evening in the East Alamosa residence.

Courier editor

ALAMOSA — Alamosa County sheriff’s deputies encountered gunfire early Friday afternoon when they arrived at an East Alamosa resident to serve arrest warrants on David Lujan, 34.

The deputies called for back up that ultimately included numerous law enforcement and emergency response personnel before the ordeal ended with the Alamosa Police Department SWAT team entering the residence around 5 p.m. and finding Lujan dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Alamosa County Sheriff Dave Stong said deputies went to 104 San Luis Avenue in East Alamosa at around 1 p.m. to execute arrest warrants on Lujan for felony failure to comply and misdemeanor traffic cases. Lujan, from Grand Junction, had been staying at his parents’ house in East Alamosa for about two days prior to the incident, according to Stong.

The officers saw Lujan had a weapon and then heard a gunshot, so they called for back up and assistance, Stong said.

They knew a weapon was involved and had to take precautions because they did not know at the time the extent of the threat Lujan posed, Stong explained.

Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office received assistance during the incident from Alamosa Police Department and Colorado State Patrol officers. Ambulances were also on standby, and the Alamosa Fire Department was called to the scene when the Alamosa Police Department SWAT team was deployed.

Law enforcement officers sealed off several blocks of the East Alamosa neighborhood as numerous attempts were made to contact Lujan inside the residence, Stong said. One Alamosa school bus route to the neighborhood was cancelled and students’ families made other arrangements to get home.

Attempts to contact Lujan included use of a bullhorn and cell phones, both Lujan’s as well as a cell phone officers threw into the residence. Stong said all attempts at contact were unsuccessful. Officers then deployed tear gas, again with no response.

Finally, the APD SWAT team breached the residence and found Lujan dead inside.

“The one shot he got off was apparently self inflicted and it killed him,” Stong said.

Sheriff Stong said the law enforcement officers and emergency responders acted according to the procedures set up for such incidents and worked together “to get the job accomplished.”

He added, “It’s unfortunate it ended the way it did, but all my guys, all law enforcement are going home.”

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