Update: Suspect involved in shootout with Mexican police, injured Las Cruces officer dies

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Editor’s Note: This article has been updated throughout.

El Paso, Texas (KTSM) — Mark James Esquibel, who is accused of shooting and killing a Chihuahua State police agent on Thursday and of injuring a Las Cruces police officer while fleeing police at a Sonic in Las Cruces in February, died in Juarez on Friday morning.

Mexican police attempted to arrest Esquibel on Thursday; however, Esquibel allegedly pulled out a weapon and began shooting at the agents, killing one and injuring two others.

According to the Las Cruces Police Department, he exchanged gunfire with the agents and died from his injuries on Friday.

According to Alejandro Ruvalcaba, a Chihuahua state police spokesman, Mexican police located him in a hotel in south Juarez on Thursday. When they attempted to arrest Esquibel, he pulled out a weapon and began shooting at the agents, killing one and injuring two others. The two other agents remain in stable condition. 

Juarez media reports say two other people were with Esquibel at the time of the shooting, but police have not confirmed that. 

As KTSM 9 News has previously reported, Esquibel was allegedly responsible for injuring a police officer while speeding away. A warrant for his arrest was issued for violating terms of his probation. 

A Las Cruces Police Department spokesperson said preliminary information from the investigation indicates officers were conducting a welfare check on the subject when it was deemed necessary to take him into custody. Police believe at least one round was fired during the incident. 

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