Family Of Man Killed In Police Confrontation Files Precursor To Lawsuit

Las Cruces – The family of a Las Cruces man fatally shot by police after they say he threatened them with a 4-foot Samurai sword has taken the first step to filing a lawsuit against the city.

The family of 23-year-old Lance Hummell filed a tort claim notice, the precursor to a lawsuit.

Hummell, whose nickname was "Lizard Man" because he was an exotic reptile enthusiast, was shot July 13 after Las Cruces police say he called them to report that there was a man waving a sword.

When two officers arrived, they found a shirtless Hummell allegedly threatening them with the sword.

Police say they shot him multiple times after he advanced on them and ignored orders to drop the sword.


Information from: the Las Cruces Sun-News,

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