UPDATE: Domestic-related incident leads to SWAT standoff in Las Cruces

Las Cruces News

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (KTSM) – Update: The Las Cruces Police Department is searching for a man accused of using a gun to threaten a relative.

A warrant has been issued for 41-year-old Richard Espino. Authorities believe Espino may be armed.

According to LCPD, the victim called police and told officer Espino was still inside the home and most likely armed.

The Las Cruces Police Department’s SWAT team, with assistance from New Mexico State Police and the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office, was activated to assist in making contact with Espino.

LCPD’s Hostage Negotiation Team tried to make telephonic contact but were unsuccessful.

Investigators obtained a warrant for Espino’s arrest while SWAT personnel surrounded the home and gave multiple commands for Espino to exit. Authorities said chemical agents and a police robot were introduced into the residence. Shortly before 4 p.m. on Thursday an LCPD K-9 unit entered the home but found no signs of Espino. SWAT personnel later entered the home and confirmed Espino was not there.

Espino who is described as 5-feet-9-inches tall and approximately 165 pounds.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately.

Richard Espino is described as 5-feet-9-inches tall and approximately 165 pounds.

Original: The Las Cruces Police Department’s SWAT team is responding to a domestic-related incident in Las Cruces’ Bellamah neighborhood, officials said.

According to LCPD, the alleged suspect barricaded himself inside a home at the 1700 block of Bellamah Drive on Thursday morning around 8 a.m.

Police have blocked several roadways in the area including Bellamah Drive between Luna Street and Locust Street.

People are being asked to avoid the area until the situation as resolved.

The Las Cruces Police Department’s SWAT team, with assistance from New Mexico State Police and the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office, has been activated to assist in making contact with the individual, authorities said.

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