Neighbors: Man Killed by Police Not Violent

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 3:47pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 8:42am

LAS CRUCES, NM - A 23-year old Las Cruces man is dead after police say he charged at two officers with a 4-foot long sword.

"If that's what they say I don't believe that. I do not believe that for one second," Rudy Vela said.

Vela said the man lived at the Mesilla Manor Apartments for about a year. That's where police shot and killed him after someone reported seeing him swinging his sword. Vela said the man wasn't known to be angry or violent by neighbors, and others agreed.

"He might have had a sword, but I don't believe he would be waiving it around like he was trying to hurt somebody," Victor Garcia said.

Neighbors told us they heard police scream at him to put the sword down, and they say before officers finished yelling they heard four shots. The two officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave, standard procedure, but we're told only one officer shot his gun.

Neighbors don't know why the man was carrying his sword.

"Probably showing it off, maybe taking it to a friend. Nobody knows, nobody will ever know now," Vela said.

Police say the investigation will take days, or even weeks. They would not tell us if there were any people who saw the shooting.

In the meantime neighbors remain skeptical of the story given by police, and are left wondering why deadly force was used.

"They could have tazed him as a way of putting him down. I don't think that they had to kill him. I think they could have used other measures," vela said.

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One more time. SOME ONE PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THESE BLOOD THIRSTY COPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

most police officers are always looking for an apportunity to shoot their guns!!!! how the police is going to shoot someone only because is swinging a sword??? I dont think this young man tried to attack them. GOD will judge them.

There is a lot more to this than you know. He was very troubled. No comment for now, but I will wait to see what comes out. Don't automatically blame the police.

Once again...LCPD kill another one! And once again, it will be handed over to Susana Martinez, who will make it all go away! I will NEVER call on LCPD nor DASO for ANY reason. About time citizens started taking care of things themselves. At least everyone stands half a chance that way!

Let's state the obvious: Cops in this region are just testosterone-filled jerk-offs who like nothing more than finding a reason to fire their weapon. What will likely happen is this "pig" will be placed on paid suspension thanks to whatever police union he is a part of. And life will pretty much go on for him. As for the this 23 year old kid, who was probably just showing off or goofing around with his sword, his memory will remain in the hearts of his family, who will hopefully sue LCPD.

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