UPDATE: Task Force Continues Investigation Of Officer-Involved Shooting In Las Cruces

Jul 14, 2014

  The Officer-involved Incident Task Force is still investigating Saturday’s shooting of Davalous Brown who was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center on a $75,000 cash bond.

Brown, 21, was wanted on a warrant for allegedly beating and holding a woman against her will Friday night. He was arrested Saturday afternoon after he fought with and disarmed a Dona Ana County Sheriff’s deputy of his Taser, and barricaded himself in a home on the city’s East Mesa.

So far, information from the investigation appears to show that at around 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, a Dona Ana County Sheriff’s deputy located Brown at a home on the 5200 block of Melody Lane. As the deputy attempted to arrest Brown, the two became involved in a struggle and the suspect was able to gain control of the Taser. Brown ran from the home on Melody Lane and led the deputy on a foot pursuit toward the 5200 block of Rexview Road.

While fleeing, Brown tried to hide under a mobile home. After a short time, Brown began running back to the home on Melody Lane at which time at least one round was fired each by the deputy and a Las Cruces Police officer who responded to assist. Brown received a gunshot wound to his right leg but still made it back and barricaded himself in the home on Melody Lane.

The Las Cruces Police Department’s SWAT team and K-9 officers were deployed and made several attempts to make contact with Brown. Two K-9s entered the home followed by members of the SWAT team who successfully took Brown into custody just after 3 p.m.

Brown was treated at an El Paso hospital and was released late Saturday. The warrant obtained Saturdaymorning charges Brown with battery against a household member; and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. He faces additional charges following Saturday’s incident.

On Friday evening, Brown is alleged to have beat and held a 22-year-old woman against her will while the two drove in her vehicle. Shortly after midnight, the woman called for help. Police responded to the home on the 5200 block of Melody Lane but Brown fled into an undeveloped area of the county. Officers subsequently obtained the warrant for Brown’s arrest.

The task force includes investigators from New Mexico State Police, the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State University Police and the Las Cruces Police Department.

Information from Las Cruces Police