ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 37-year-old man wounded in a confrontation with Las Cruces police Tuesday afternoon later died in an El Paso hospital, the Las Cruces Police Department said in a news release.
The 37-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was believed to have been involved in a domestic altercation that led officers to a residence on the 1300 block of Bronco Way around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
A preliminary investigation indicates that the first-arriving officers saw a man going into the residence, then coming out with what appeared to be a weapon, according to the release.
Police said the man forced the officers into a situation where they had to respond by firing at least one round into the man’s upper torso.
The man was taken first to Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces and then was airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso where he died shortly after 6:30 p.m., police said.
Three officers involved in the incident have been placed on standard administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation by a multi-agency task force that includes investigators from the New Mexico State Police, the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State University Police and the Las Cruces Police Department.
The findings will be turned over to the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office.