Suspect in double homicide in custody; portions of slayings posted to Facebook, police say

Suspect in double homicide in custody; portions of slayings posted to Facebook, police say

From the Las Vegas Optic

Two people are dead and one man is in custody following a Sunday evening standoff with police in Las Vegas.

Alejandro Alirez, 23, of Las Vegas, was arrested Sunday night and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Cristal Cervantes and her grandfather Victor Cervantes, according to an arrest affidavit filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court.

San Miguel County Sheriff’s deputies were contacted Sunday by Alirez’s mother who said her son was at the home of Cristal Cervantes where he was acting “irate” and had a handgun, according to the affidavit.

Soon after deputies arrived at the home in the 400 block of Peggy Lee Lane, Alirez fired shots at them from inside the home. Deputies took cover behind police vehicles, and one vehicle was struck by a bullet. Deputies then requested assistance from New Mexico State Police and the Las Vegas Police Department.