Las Cruces police officer cleared in deadly August shooting

Las Cruces News
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A Las Cruces police officer has been cleared following a deadly shooting in August.

As KTSM previously reported, the incident happened the night of August 3 at a home located on the 1900 block of Arlington Ave.

Police say a baseball bat-wielding James F. Bishop, 29, threatened to kill his mother before officers responded. 

The first officer, Catrina Ornelas, drew her taser as she entered the home. As she approached a hallway, Bishop “rapidly” closed in on her with the baseball bat raised. 

Ornelas deployed her taser, but it was ineffective. Bishop then swung the bat and hit her.

According to a news release, Officer Jason Hayes watched Bishop strike Ornelas, and saw him raise the baseball bat once again.

That’s when he fired multiple rounds.

Bishop was pronounced dead at the scene. Ornelas was treated at a hospital and later released.

Hayes, an employee of the department for two years, was originally placed on administrative leave and has since returned to duty.

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