Spencer Komadina, the son of former Corrales lawmaker and long time physician Steve Komadina was shot and killed in Corrales on the night of October 30 at his home. Corrales Police Department (CPD) Chief of Police Victor Mangiacapra told the Comment that CPD officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of Paseo De Corrales Del Norte to investigate a report of “a subject who had just shot his roommate and stated that he was going to kill himself.”

The officers talked the individual out of the home and took him into custody, identifying him as 60-year-old Joel A. Ray. The victim, 46-year-old Komadina, was found deceased within the residence. A search warrant was obtained for the premises and executed by the New Mexico State Police Crime Scene Investigations Team.  Numerous articles of evidence, including a .45 caliber handgun, were seized and are being processed as part of the ongoing investigation. 

A Corrales Ordinance, SECTION 24-1, “Discharge of Weapons”, states: “Prohibited generally. It is unlawful to discharge any revolver, pistol, shotgun, rifle, or firearm of any description or kind, or any air gun, gas-operated gun, spring gun, or any bow made for the purpose of projecting or throwing arrows or missiles of any kind, except in a regularly established shooting gallery; provided, that no citizen shall be denied the right to bear arms for lawful defense of person or property.”

Ray was booked into the Sandoval County Detention Center on one count of murder.

Spencer Komadina was one of the partners behind SWOP, the retail cannabis operation now operating at 4604 Corrales Road. He also oversaw three greenhouses, as well as a “head house,” or nursery, for new plants on the Komadina property at 379 Camino de Corrales del Norte. 

Ray, Komadina’s alleged roommate, was first identified as an associate of Komadina’s. However the chief asserts: “We currently have no information which would indicate that this incident has anything to do with the victim's business dealings.”

“Members of the Corrales Police Department, Sandoval County Sheriff's Office and New Mexico State Police are continuing to work diligently to piece together the details of this tragic event. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and many friends of the victim,” the chief concludes.

Steve Komadina, Spencer’s father, was a Republican New Mexico State Senator from 2001-2008.

On his Facebook page, Komadina writes of his son, “he was a wonderful and loving father, a loyal brother, and a person with a life full of friends.” He goes on to say SPENCER’S “three children were his pride and joy and he would do anything for them.”

A memorial service was planned for .Albuquerque on November 4.

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