Las Cruces man allegedly points gun at police during domestic dispute, officer fires back

Las Cruces News

A Las Cruces man has been arrested in connection with a domestic disturbance call that led to a police officer firing his gun.

As KTSM previously reported, the incident happened at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday at a home located on Lees Drive.

Police say Charles R. Campolla, 34, is charged with one count of aggravated assault upon a peace officer, a third-degree felony.

According to a news release, officers were dispatched to Campolla’s home, which he shares with his girlfriend and teenage daughter. The teen reported that he was armed with a pistol and making threats.

Three officers arrived to find Campolla barefoot and outside of the home. He reportedly refused to listen to their commands to show his hands.

Police say the suspect, at some point, pointed a gun at one of the officers, who then fired at least one round at Campolla. He ducked in front of a vehicle parked in the driveway and was not struck.

Campolla was then taken into custody. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Campolla was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center where he is initially being held without bond.

The officer who shot his weapon has been placed on administrative leave, per standard protocol. 

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