LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces police officer is on standard administrative leave following a standoff that ended with the death of a 52-year-old man.

Authorities say the officer fired multiple times at Ernesto Sedillo on Monday after the man pointed a gun at him. The officer retreated and called for backup, not knowing if Sedillo was hit.

Authorities are still investigating the circumstances. A handgun and knife were found inside the sedan where Sedillo had barricaded himself.

Police Spokesman Dan Trujillo says officers had received reports of suspicious activity and a person who was possibly armed with a knife before the shooting.

Police say a flash-bang device was detonated at the scene, but there was no response from Sedillo.

Officers then approached the vehicle and found Sedillo unresponsive with at least one gunshot wound.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,