Las Cruces Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting

Jul 2, 2013

Las Cruces Police learned that the 37-year-old man wounded in Tuesday afternoon’s officer-involved shooting has died at an El Paso hospital.  The man was believed to be involved in a domestic-related altercation that led to Las Cruces Police officers being dispatched to a residence on the 1300 block of Bronco Way. LCPD officers were dispatched to the residence at around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 2.

Preliminary information from the investigation indicates that the first-arriving officers spotted a man who entered the residence and then exited with what appeared to be a weapon. The 37-year-old man subsequently forced the officers into a situation where they had to respond by firing at least one round that struck the 37-year-old man’s upper torso.

The man was transported by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center and then airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso where he died shortly after6:30 p.m.

Three Las Cruces Police officers have been placed on standard administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

A multi-agency task force is investigating the shooting. The Dona Ana County Officer-Involved Incident Task Force includes investigators from New Mexico State Police, the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State University Police and Las Cruces Police. The task force reports its findings to the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office.