LCPD officer cleared in shooting that injured bicyclist

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A Las Cruces police officer has been cleared in a shooting that injured a bicyclist in April, the department announced Wednesday.

As KTSM previously reported, Sergeant Joshua Savage shot Myron Oveide, 29, on the evening of April 27 near the intersection of Gardner and Chaparro.

According to a news release, the incident began when officer Marvin Kelley attempted to pull Oveide over for a traffic violation.

Officials say Oveide repeatedly ignored Kelley’s commands and led him on a pursuit, prompting Savage to respond.

Lapel camera video shows Oveide holding a handgun in one picture, and Kelley trying to remove the handgun from his hand in another.

Savage then fired four rounds that struck Oveide. He told investigators that he did so in fear of Kelley or himself being shot.

“After extensive review of this case we have concluded that the shooting by Sergeant Joshua Savage was justified under New Mexico law,” District Attorney Mark D’Antonio wrote in a letter.

Oveide was taken to Mountainview Regional Medical Center but has since been released. Neither officer was injured in the incident.

According to the release, it was later determined that the Oveide’s handgun was a BB gun that resembled a full-sized SIG Sauer 1911 handgun.

He is charged with aggravated assault upon a peace officer and resisting, evading arrest or obstructing an officer.

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