UPDATE: Border Patrol agent allegedly threatens own family with gun, shoots dog
POSTED: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 12:51pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 28, 2014 - 5:27am
LCPD: Woman, 2 children fled home; dog shot, paralized, later euthanized
Las Cruces, NM — A Border Patrol agent is arrested after allegedly threatening to kill his wife and kids, and shooting the family dog Wednesday Night.
According to Las Cruces Police, 44-year-old Carmelo Diaz Jr., is charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a family member, two counts of battery against a family member and one count of extreme cruelty to an animal.
Officers say the incident started around 8:30 p.m. when officers were dispatched to the family’s home along the 2500 block of Kentwood Court in the Sonoma Ranch neighborhood. When officers arrived, they learned that Diaz’s wife and two children ran to neighbor’s home.
Detectives say that an argument between Diaz and his wife allegedly became physical when Diaz placed his hands on his wife’s neck and pinned her against a wall. They say Diaz then threatened to take his own life, ran to an upstairs bedroom where grabbed a .40 caliber handgun.
Officials say the argument continued and Diaz’s wife ran to the children’s room; he allegedly entered the room, pointed the handgun at his wife and at his teenage son and threatened to take their lives. When Diaz walked out of the bedroom, his wife and children ran to a neighbor’s home and called police.
They add that Diaz later went to the neighbor’s home a short time later and pleaded for his wife to tell dispatch that everything was "OK."
LCPD officials allege that, as Diaz walked back to his home, he is believed to have fired one shot at the family’s dog and drove away from the home before officers arrived. The dog was rushed to an emergency veterinary clinic where it was determined to be paralyzed as a result of the gunshot. Officers say the dog, a mixed breed, was then humanely euthanized.
A short time later officers located Diaz’s car parked on White Sage Arc. As police continued to search for Diaz, an officer back at the family’s home spotted the suspect hiding in the shadows. Officers then ordered him to drop the handgun which he did before being taken into custody.
Diaz was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center and is being held without bond.
Officials with the Border Patrol confirm to NewsChannel 9 that Diaz, Jr. is an agent and released the following statement:
"The Border Patrol takes every allegation of misconduct seriously. While a comment specific to this event cannot be made due to an ongoing investigation by another jurisdiction, the Border Patrol will fully cooperate with any investigation. The Border Patrol understands its responsibility to maintain the trust of the community in which we serve and does not tolerate any activity by any of its personnel that may jeopardize that trust. "