Las Cruces SWAT Standoff Ends With Arrest

Las Cruces SWAT Standoff Ends With Arrest
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 5:34pm

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A SWAT standoff ends with a man arrested after Las Cruces police were forced to use bean bag rounds, tear gas, taser rounds and dogs to get the man in custody Wednesday afternoon.

Las Cruces Police have charged Martin Aguirre, 47, of 235 W. Madrid Avenue, with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

According to police, they were called out to Aguirre's apartment at about 11 a.m. after he threatened his caregiver, who was delivering medication, with a kitchen knife.

Police said officers weren't able to make contact with Aguirre, so the SWAT, Hostage Negotiation, and K-9 teams were dispatched to the scene.

They said he refused to speak with officers via telephone and through loud speakers and wouldn't obey commands to surrender.

Just before 1 p.m., the SWAT team saw Aguirre was still armed with a knife, according to police. They said Aguirre was given several opportunities to drop the knife, but refused.

That's when police said they fired several bean bag rounds and Taser rounds, but Aguirre still had the knife.

Police tear gassed the apartment and unleashed two dogs on Aguirre, finally taking him into custody.

Aguirre suffered a broken wrist and multiple abrasions from the bean bag rounds, according to police.

He was taken to a hospital for observation and treatment and will be booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center once he is released.

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