Double homicide suspect shot by sheriff’s deputies in Fort Morgan Walmart parking lot

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FORT MORGAN, Colo. -- A double homicide suspect from New Mexico was shot in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Fort Morgan on Thursday morning, the Morgan County Sheriff's Office said.

Law enforcement was notified just before 8 a.m. that the suspect was at the store at 1300 Barlow Road in northeast Colorado.

The suspect was identified as 31-year-old Dustin Montano of Sterling.

"He was reported to be suicidal and armed and dangerous. The suspect’s car was located in the Walmart parking lot and was later determined to be stolen from New Mexico," the city of Fort Morgan said in a statement.

Deputies found the suspect while he was attempting to enter the vehicle. When deputies confronted him, he made a threatening gesture, the sheriff's office said. Deputies then shot the man.

Montano was flown to a hospital in Loveland and is in critical condition.

He was wanted in connection to the deaths of two people at an Albuquerque, New Mexico, apartment early Thursday morning.

Albuquerque police officers believe the suspect took off after the killings and drove more than 500 miles north to Colorado.

The Morgan County Major Crimes Task Force, a joint operation between the sheriff's office and the Fort Morgan Police Department, are investigating the shooting.

Investigators cleared the crime scene about 11:30 a.m.

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