State police: Woman shot in arm by Texico officer

Sharna Johnson

A Texico woman is in stable condition after police say she was shot in the arm early Sunday morning by a Texico police officer responding to a possible burglary call.

State Police Lt. Matt Broom said Lisa Salguero, 31, was shot in the arm just after midnight by Officer Richard Peterson during an altercation at 409 Katherine Ave.

Salguero’s attorney, Dan Lindsey, said Salguero called police to her home because she thought a window at her residence had been tampered with.

Peterson has been placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting, according to Texico Police Chief Doug Bowman.

Bowman referred further inquires on the case to state police.

Records show Texico police were dispatched to the residence for a report of a burglary about 12:16 a.m. When Peterson arrived at the residence, Broom said an altercation occurred and, “the female was shot one time in the arm.”

State police were called to the scene to investigate around 12:30 a.m., Broom said.

He said there was no one located at the scene in reference to the reported burglary.

Broom declined to comment on what led to the shooting, citing an ongoing investigation and said as of Monday, no charges had been filed in connection with the incident.

He said Peterson is cooperating with the police investigation.

Lindsey said his office is conducting its own investigation into the shooting, however Texico police have declined his requests to speak with him.

“We’re assuming it was an accident, but we’re not sure because he’s (Peterson’s) not cooperating with our investigation,” he said.

“She was unarmed. She didn’t have anything in her hand. She just opened the door to talk to the officer and he shot her,” Lindsey said.

Salguero remained hospitalized Monday at Plains Regional Medical Center, Broom said.

Salguero has had surgery and is recovering, according to Lindsey.