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Las Cruces police officer fires weapon; no one hurt

September 23, 2018

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces police say an officer fired his weapon at the scene of an early morning domestic disturbance but the bullet didn’t strike anyone.

No one was hurt. The suspect was taken into custody and criminal charges are pending.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the teenage daughter of a couple involved in the domestic disturbance called police at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. She said a man armed with a pistol was threatening others in the 1300 block of Lees Drive.

Police say the suspect was ignoring their commands so one officer fired at least one round that didn’t hit anyone.

The officer who discharged his weapon has been placed on administrative leave while the multi-agency officer-involved Incident Task Force investigates.

It marks at least the fifth officer-involved shooting in Las Cruces this year. Three previous incidents were fatal.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com

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