UPDATE: Suspect dead following Las Cruces warrant arrest gone awry

Las Cruces News

LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) — UPDATE: Las Cruces police have identified the suspect who was shot and killed Monday night following a warrant arrest.

According to the Las Cruces Police Department, 21-year-old, Daniel Munoz, of Las Cruces was wanted for an armed robbery incident in which a 51-year-old man was critically injured on Saturday (November 2).

According to LCPD, investigators presented evidence of the incident to a Magistrate Court judge who signed the warrant on Munoz’s arrest on Sunday.

On Monday, Las Cruces police and agents from the U.S. Marshals Service located Munoz near Divot Avenue.

As law enforcement attempted to apprehend Munoz, he exchanged gunfire with officers and was struck at least once, according to Las Cruces police.

Munoz died form his injuries in the parking lot of 2301 E. Lohman Ave. Las Cruces police said.

A handgun was recovered from his possession and no officers were injured in the gunfire exchange.

In Saturday’s incident, police said Munoz showed up to an apartment located at 1002 Foster Road where he allegedly committed armed robbery and shot a 51-year-old man multiple times. The victim in that case is recovering at University Medical Center of El Paso as of Tuesday.

Las Cruces police said two of their police officers have been placed on standard administrative leave after Monday’s shooting incident. The name’s of the officers will not be released until the investigation is complete.

ORIGINAL: A wanted man is dead after police say he shot at Las Cruces Police and U.S. Marshal’s agents attempting to serve a warrant on him.

It happened Monday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of East Lohman Avenue in Las Cruces, just a block west of the Walmart. According to Las Cruces Police, they were working with U.S. Marshal’s to serve a warrant on a man wanted for a violent felony.

When they approached the man in the parking lot of the business, he fired shots toward police and law enforcement returned fire, killing him.

No officers were injured in the incident.

Las Cruces Police say they will not identify the suspect killed in the incident until the conclusion of their on-site investigation which will last until Tuesday morning.

The officer-involved incident task force is investigating the shooting. The task-force includes investigators from New Mexico State Police, Las Cruces Police, the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s office and New Mexico State University Police.

The New Mexico State Police are also assisting U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the FBI following an officer-involved shooting just hours earlier in Sunland Park where a Border Patrol agent shot and killed a man suspected of illegally crossing the border.

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