Regional
10:25 am
Thu February 18, 2010

Man Killed In Hostage Standoff

Alamogordo – State police have identified a man shot to death by Otero County sheriff's deputies in a hostage standoff as 37-year-old Paul Gilfoyle.

Otero County Undersheriff Norbert Sanchez says deputies shot him about 6 p.m. Tuesday while he held a woman at gunpoint.

The incident began about three hours earlier with gunshots reported at the Alamo Inn, followed by a police pursuit at speeds up to 100 mph on U.S. 54-70 between Alamogordo and Tularosa.

Deputies stopped Gilfoyle's car with spike strips near La Luz, and say he got out, holding 23-year-old Megan Mays.

State police say deputies tried to Taser Gilfoyle, and shots then were fired between him and the deputies.

Authorities say one deputy was hit in the leg.

Sanchez says four deputies are on paid leave pending an investigation.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.