LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) – Officials with the Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) provided information on the weekend shooting of an elderly woman, armed with a knife, at a Central Las Cruces home.

LCPD officials share that on Saturday, May 16, 2022, at about 6:30 p.m., their officers were sent at a home along the 800 block of Fir Avenue.

The initial call was about a woman, armed with a knife, threatening another occupant in the home.

Once there, an LCPD officer came across the woman, who they say was armed with at least one knife.

“The incident resulted in the officer firing at least one round at the female. Lifesaving measures were initiated, however, the female died on the scene.


The woman’s granddaughter spoke with KTSM 9 News, saying she was there when everything happened.

“I was here so for me that was very painful to see what I saw, still you know not feeling too good very confused, shocked, sadness, madness,” said Albitar Inoh.

Saying her Grandmother was 75 years old, had dementia and her name was Amelia Baca.

Amelia Baca and Albitar Inoh, Courtesy of Albitar Inoh

“It was too fast, after it happens you start saying well maybe I should have helped, maybe I should have stepped in, and you go through so many scenarios of things that could of happened, but you can’t do it no more cause she’s not here,” said Inoh as tears filled her eyes.

Inoh told our crews that she could not share details about what happened when the officer arrived but she did say the following.

“I myself says this could have been done differently, that’s as much as I can add to that,” said Inoh.

There were no other details released on what happened between the woman and the officer, and the entire incident is now under investigation by a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement group: The Dona Ana County Officer-Involved Incident Task Force

The task force is made up of the New Mexico State Police, the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office, the New Mexico State University Police Department, and the Las Cruces Police Department.

We reached out to the Las Cruces Police Department requesting the body camera footage from the incident. We were told our request for the video has been submitted.

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