For Immediate Release
|February 20, 2013||DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2330|
|SWAT Standoff Ends in a Blaze|
Albuquerque, NM - The United States
Marshal Service in New Mexico, Task Force Officers assigned to the Marshals
Service South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) Taskforce, SWAT
Officers from the Grant and Luna County Sheriff’s Offices and Investigators
with Homeland Security Investigations BEST unit arrested fugitive Nathan
Rowland in Silver City, NM late Tuesday night after a tense standoff.
Rowland wanted by the New Mexico Corrections Department and listed as one of
the New Mexico Corrections Departments Most Wanted Offenders was added to
the U.S. Marshals Service Most Wanted earlier this month. Rowland was wanted
on charges of absconding from probation, drug possession, assault/battery,
aggravated assault against a household member, larceny of a firearm, and
felon in possession of a firearm.
SWAT members from the Grant and Luna County
Sheriffs’ Offices were called in to help safely handle the allegedly armed
fugitive. After several hours of a tense standoff with Law Enforcement, less
than lethal chemical agents were deployed inside the residence, but Rowland
refused to exit. After several minutes, the residence began to smoke near
the back bedroom and a fire broke out. Firefighters who were on standby were
able to control the fire while SWAT members entered the residence and
located Rowland. He was taken into custody without further incident and was
transported to the local hospital for medical treatment. Once released from
the hospital, he was booked into Grant County Detention Center.
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