NMSP: Police shoot man after deadly shooting near Artesia public safety complex

ARTESIA, N.M. — Artesia police allegedly shot a man accused of shooting and killing someone during a confrontation in the parking lot of the public safety complex.

Just after 9 a.m. Thursday, two men were locked in a confrontation in the parking lot. At some point, a man reportedly pulled out a gun and shot the other man multiple times, killing him.

Police officers were close to the scene. At least one of them fired a shot at the alleged shooter, striking him.

Paramedics flew him to the hospital for what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Police identified the man who died at the scene as 42-year-old Mark Rommel.

State Police say their agents are still investigating and will decide on any charges against the alleged shooter.

All Artesia police officers are reportedly uninjured.

Artesia Fire and Police Departments, as well as Artesia Municipal Court, all work in the complex. New Mexico State Police, Eddy County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico Probation and Parole also work in the complex.

The shooting left each agency with no access to the building for hours Thursday.