MENU
component-ddb-728x90-v1-01-desktop

NMSP identify suspect following hostage situation at McGinn's Pistachio Tree Ranch

Kaleb Scroggins exchanged gunfire with Alamogordo officers before taking hostages at the McGinn's Pistachio Tree Ranch in Alamogordo, police say.

One man is in custody after shooting at police and creating a hostage situation in Alamogordo, according to New Mexico State Police.

NMSP have identified the suspect as Kaleb Scroggins, 21 of Alamogordo.

The suspect was arrested at McGinn’s Pistachio Tree Ranch after keeping 14 people, including a 3-year old child, hostage inside the building, said Alamogordo police and state police.

The entire situation began with a shooting around 4 a.m. Sunday. Police say the suspect shot a man three times on South Canyon Drive in Alamogordo, just a few blocks away from Yucca Elementary School.

Officers then spotted the suspect around 9 a.m. Sunday before he led them on a pursuit that resulted in him crashing his vehicle near the McGinn’s Pistachio Tree Ranch on U.S. Highway 54, said Alamogordo Police.

After crashing the vehicle, Scroggins exchanged gunfire with Alamogordo officers before running into the pistachio farm, said police.

The New Mexico State Police Tactical Team entered the building after hours of negotiation with the suspect and rescued the hostages, while also taking the suspect into custody, said police.

Scroggins was arrested and being treated for injuries that he received when he crashed the vehicle, said a state police spokesman.

He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault upon a police officer, and one count each of shooting at an inhabited dwelling or occupied building, breaking and entering, aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer and criminal damage to property.

Scroggins is no stranger to law enforcement. His extensive arrest record includes battery of a household member, concealing identity, breaking and entering, multiple charges of possession of controlled substance, and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

Multiple agencies including the New Mexico State Police, the Las Cruces Police Department, and the Otero County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the situation.

_____________________________________________________________

UPDATE : 14 hostages, including one three-year old child were rescued after being held hostage at McGinn's Pistachio Tree Ranch near Alamogordo, said a spokesman for the New Mexico State Police.

The suspect was taken into custody by members of the New Mexico State Police Tactical Team after they entered the building to make the rescue.

The suspect was taken into custody and is being treated for injuries that were sustained in a crash before entering the building.

New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau is still investigating.

We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Several law enforcement agencies including the Las Cruces Police Department SWAT team have responded to a shots fired and hostage situation at McGinn's Pistachio Farm in Otero County, near Alamogordo, New Mexico.

LCPD SWAT was called to assist the Otero County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police shortly after 10 a.m.

The suspect is believed to believed to be armed inside the building with several hostages, said New Mexico State Police.

NMSP said they are currently negotiating with the suspect.

This is a developing story. We have a crew at the scene working to get more information. We will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.


Trending