Homicide suspect safely releases son after SWAT standoff, kills self

Posted: August 24, 2011 in Uncategorized
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A road block set up early Wednesday morning on County Road 56 west of the Santa Fe Municipal Airport, where the suspect in Tuesday's fatal shooting, José Meléndez-Trillo, was found. (Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican)

This is an update we just tacked on to the top of a web story concerning the Tuesday homicide investigation off Airport Road… I just returned from the scene of a SWAT situation and will update here and on the New Mexican’s website ASAP when I learn if the boy has been returned safely:

Update 5:10 a.m.: César Meléndez, the 5-year-old boy abducted by his father Tuesday after a shooting in southwest Santa Fe is safe and in the custody of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

His father, 39-year-old, José Meléndez-Trillo, was located shortly after midnight Wednesday morning and, after a short police pursuit in southwest Santa Fe, barricaded himself and the boy in a 1997 Ford Expedition off County Road 56 in the Buckman area west of the Santa Fe Municipal Airport.

After about a four-hour standoff with police, Meléndez-Trillo released the boy and immediately turned a gun on himself, according to Sheriff’s Office Lt. Adan Mendoza. Police fired no shots and Mendoza credited all local law-enforcement for their assistance with the case.

Update 12:54 a.m. Wednesday: Lt. Adan Mendoza of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the suspect in Tuesday’s fatal shooting, José Meléndez-Trillo, has been found off County Road 56 east of the Santa Fe Municipal Airport, and officers are negotiating the release of his 5-year-old-son. Mendoza said the man and his son are in a vehicle, but could not elaborate.

The road toward La Cienega was blocked off at Huey Road, one mile East of N.M. 599. B 1 a.m. members of the Santa Fe Police Department’s SWAT team were beginning to assemble near the scene. One officer said Meléndez-Trillo was still armed and officers were in the process of moving the road block west to N.M. 599. — Geoff Grammer

More to come.

Here is a link to the full story from Tuesday (and as published in print in Wednesday’s New Mexican):

CLICK HERE for a picture with both Melendez-Trillo and Cesar as provided by police on Tuesday.

  1. Adrian Ortiz says:

    please keep me updated as my house is less then a half mile from this location

  2. eideard says:

    Adrian – everything’s quiet, now. You commented about 45 minutes before Soto killed himself.

    Here’s the view, this morning:


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