LCPD: One dead after officer-involved shooting in Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES, NM - Las Cruces Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting which they say left a 52-year-old man dead at the scene Monday morning on Arizona Ave.

LCPD says this happened before 11:30 a.m.  July 17th on the 1700 block of Rio Grande St. Officers were dispatched after a report of a suspicious person, possible armed with a knife.

According to LCPD, investigators believe the suspect barricaded himself in the back seat of black Honda Sedan that was parked on Arizona Ave. LCPD says the suspect was refusing multiple commands to exit the car. The first officer to arrive fired at least one round.

Las Cruces Police-New Mexico State Police SWAT Team was activated to make contact with the suspect, who LCPD says they found unresponsive with at least one gunshot wound and pronounced dead at the scene. Officers also found a handgun in the car.

LCPD says the suspect's body will be transported to the New Mexico Medical Investigator's Office for autopsy. The officer who shot the suspect will be placed on administrative leave. No officers were injured in the incident.

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