Business Owner Shoots At Burglars in Velarde



On July 30, 2019 the New Mexico State Police investigated a shooting, involving a business owner in Velarde.

Initial investigation shows at about 5:30 a.m., New Mexico State Police officers responded to a burglary in progress at Mike’s Mini-Mart Gas Station in Velarde, NM.

When officers arrived on scene, they encountered the owner of the gas station. Officers learned the business owner, who lives on the property, heard his alarm sounding from his gas station and went to investigate.  When the owner arrived at his business, he encountered a male suspect inside the gas station. The business owner who was armed with a handgun confronted the male suspect. The male suspect pointed an object at the business owner. The business owner fired his handgun at the male suspect. It is unknown if the male suspect was injured during the incident. The business owner retreated outside the gas station and waited for State Police officers to arrive.

Officer’s reviewed surveillance video and learned there were two male suspects’ who broke into the gas station. Both fled the scene through a skylight on the roof of the gas station. New Mexico State Police Crime Scene Unit assisted in this investigation.

This investigation is ongoing and no other information is available.  Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the New Mexico State Police Office in Espanola at (505) 753-2277 option 1.