New Mexico State Police said task force agents on Monday were trying to locate 35-year-old Wesley Davis, who had an outstanding felony narcotics warrant.
After arriving at the motel, agents said, they saw Davis exiting a room.
As they were trying to arrest Davis, an altercation ensued and shots were fired by agents.
They said Davis was struck two times.
Davis was taken to the Carlsbad Medical Center, where he died.
His body was transported to the medical examiner in Albuquerque for an autopsy.
State Police say they’re investigating the shooting of Davis, who was an Artesia resident.
6:29am 3/26/13 — Artesia man killed by agents in Carlsbad
By ABQnews Staff
An Artesia man was killed late Monday morning at a Carlsbad motel after he allegedly confronted Pecos Valley Drug Task Force Agents who were trying to serve him with an arrest warrant, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reported.
As agents were waiting for other officers to arrive at the Motel 6 at 3824 National Parks Highway, the 35-year-old man, whose name has not been released, reportedly confronted them, and shots were fired, according to a Carlsbad Police Department news release.
The suspect was injured and taken to Carlsbad Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead, police said.
Police have declined to say whether the man was armed or who may have fired the first shot, the Current-Argus said.