Suspect Shot & Killed After Stand-off
By Carlos Padilla
Sierra County Regional Dispatch Authority personnel relayed to all local law enforcement agencies a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for a man suspected of shooting a Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) officer Monday afternoon, Dec. 22.
The information was relayed over public emergency airwaves just after 12:30 p.m., and included information regarding both a description of a vehicle as well as regarding the suspect, described as being a male wearing a black shirt, approximately 5’11” in height with facial injuries. The vehicle’s color and tag number were also part of the alert and appeared seconds after the BOLO was issued on The Herald’s Facebook page.
The unidentified suspect was considered armed and dangerous, with a 9 mm and 45 mm caliber weapons in the truck he had used to flee the scene of the shooting that reportedly left an unidentified LCPD officer injured.
Monday afternoon’s shooting of a law enforcement officer comes in the wake of three shooting murders of law enforcement officers in Brooklyn, N.Y., where two NYPD officers were ambushed as they ate lunch in their patrol vehicle, and one officer who was shot and killed in Florida, in just the past two days.
Law enforcement officials from several agencies throughout Dona Aña County converged upon a drain in Las Cruces and utilized a robot and tear gas in an attempt to flush out the suspect. Journalist Heath Haussemann reported the presence of several helicopters used in the effort as well.
Shots were reportedly fired in the vicinity of the stand-off, and a source familiar with law enforcement in Dona Aña County told The Herald that the suspect was shot and killed.
This incident was still developing Monday as this edition of The Herald was in final stages of our print deadline.