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Suspect identified after capture following hostage situation at McGinn's Pistachio Farm

Suspect in custody after hostage situation at McGinn's Pistachio Farm.

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 Scroggins shot a man three times on South Canyon Drive in Alamogordo, just a few blocks away from Yucca Elementary School.

Officers then spotted Scroggins 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.


The suspect is now in custody and was being treated for injuries that he received when he crashed the vehicle, said a state police spokesman.

Scroggings 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.


A six mile stretch of US 54 was closed for hours for the investigation. The highway re-opened just before 8 p.m. Sunday.

The state police Investigations Bureau is continuing the investigation.


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