Updated: June 05, 2020 06:08 PM
Created: June 05, 2020 05:36 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- A Las Cruces police officer will be charged with involuntary manslaughter.
According to District Attorney Mark D'Antonio, officer Christopher Smelser used a vascular neck restraint technique which resulted in the death of Antonio Valenzuela.
The incident occurred on Feb. 29 after a traffic stop, D'Antonio said.
Valenzuela reportedly ran from the officer before being taken to the ground.
That's when officer Smelser allegedly applied a vascular neck restraint technique to gain control.
Valenzuela died at the scene.
Las Cruces Police Department announced Friday that Smelser has been terminated.
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