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Las Cruces officer fatally shoots fugitive wanted by Marshals

J.R. Oppenheim
January 24, 2017 05:21 PM

A Las Cruces police officer shot and killed a wanted fugitive armed with a knife, according to a department spokesperson.

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LCPD Public Information Officer Dan Trujillo said the fugitive, 29-year-old Jeremy Lopez-Robledo, attacked police officers and a U.S. Marshals agent during the late Tuesday morning incident near a Lowe’s grocery store on Missouri Avenue.

Lopez-Robledo cut an officer’s right hand with the knife, and the officer shot Lopez-Robledo at least once, Trujillo said. Lopez-Robledo was pronounced dead at a Las Cruces hospital, while the officer sustained a non-life threatening injury, Trujillo said.

The department put the officer, who was not named, on administrative leave. The Las Cruces Police Department, New Mexico State Police Department, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office and the New Mexico State University Police will investigate the shooting as part of the Officer-involved Incident Task Force, Trujillo said.

The U.S. Marshals sought Lopez-Robledo, and Trujillo said LCPD worked with the Marshals to bring him into custody for a probation violation.

“He was said to have a history of aggression toward police and was known to carry a deadly weapon,” Trujillo said.

Police tracked Lopez-Robledo down near the Solano Square shopping center at Missouri Avenue and Solano Drive, but Trujillo said Lopez-Robledo led officers on a brief pursuit toward the grocery store. Lopez-Robledo then struggled with police when he cut the officer’s hand and was shot, Trujillo said.

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