LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (KTSM) – One person is dead and another injured after an hours-long stand-off with police that ended with gunfire in Las Cruces.
It happened at about 8 p.m. last night when Las Cruces Police stopped a vehicle near the intersection of 5th street and Wilson Avenue. According to the LCPD, a man started shooting at police and then took off.
After a short chase, the man barricaded himself in his car for hours. That’s when officers tossed tear gas in. However, when the man got out of his vehicle, he reached back inside prompting police to open fire, killing him.
Investigators say they found a handgun where the man was reaching.
LCPD says another man was also shot in the incident and taken to University Medical Center for Treatment and is in stable condition.
A man who lives right by where the shooting happened says he knows the man who was shot.
“My best friend who lives across the street he’s in the hospital fighting for his life because a bullet hit him,” said Donald Bain who lives nearby. “It grazed his liver and the kids only 19-years-old.”