Escaped inmate found dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – After searching for about 12 hours, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department said deputies found the escaped inmate Wednesday night at a home in Mountainair. Officials say 48-year-old Larry Dohrn killed himself prior to law enforcement’s arrival. SWAT deputies found him deceased with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after arriving on scene.

“Obviously there was intelligence and interviews going on throughout the day and that’s what led us to the East Mountain-area residence,” said Sheriff Manuel Gonzales.

Sky News 13 captured video as SWAT surrounded the home and used flash bangs before moving in.

MDC spokesperson Nataura Powdrell-Moore said Dohrn escaped around 8 Wednesday morning when he kicked out the back right window of the transport bus on 6th street near I-40. An MDC officer tried to chase him down but couldn’t catch him. That’s when Dohrn is accused of stealing an SUV belonging to medical transport company based out of Gallup.

Police say the SUV was found around noon in an alley by Lead and 14th.

A neighbor told KRQE News 13 he noticed the stolen Chevy Equinox parked there as early as 9:30 Wednesday morning. Another neighbor was surprised to come home from work to find police and deputies swarming his block.

Dohrn has a lengthy criminal record, and he’s already escaped from prison once. His criminal history includes charges in New Mexico for everything from shoplifting and car theft to fraud, forgery and aggravated battery.

KRQE reported on Dohrn in 2002, two years after he had escaped from an Oklahoma prison. He was caught selling stolen cars in Albuquerque.

He was also arrested in March 2016 for ramming his truck into a woman’s car while she sat at a red light. He claimed she owed him money.

Dohrn had been in custody since he was arrested last month. He was being held on a no bond hold.

A second inmate attempted to escape Wednesday morning. That inmate claimed to have a medical episode after arriving to district court on the same bus as Dohrn.

He tried to run when he was transported to UNM Hospital. Sheriff Gonzales said he doesn’t believe the man planned his escaped with Dohrn.

According to a Metro Court spokesperson, all transports from MDC to Metro Court were cancelled Wednesday afternoon at the request of the jail.

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