Police: Drunk sheriff tried to obstruct SWAT standoff

New Mexico

ESPAÑOLA, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico sheriff is facing an obstruction charge after police say he showed up drunk to a SWAT standoff and tried to order officers away.

A criminal complaint filed Thursday said Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan, in plain clothes, attempted to take over the scene involving a barricaded subject in Española, New Mexico, on Saturday.

Española Police Chief Richard Jimenez wrote that officers reported Lujan smalled of alcohol and ignored commands to leave the “kill zone” in front of the house of the barricaded subject.

Lujan told the Santa Fe New Mexican that the accusations in the criminal complaint are false. 

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