Police shoot suspected truck thief during officer funeral

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE)A law enforcement team is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It happened just as Officer Jose Chavez’s memorial was wrapping up there Sunday evening.

Las Cruces police say it happened around 3:00 p.m. Sunday. They were dispatched to a man suspected of stealing a pick-up truck. Police spotted the car and the driver stopped on a bridge just above I-25.

Officers say the suspect got out of the pickup holding a knife, and police opened fire shooting the man at least once. The suspect later died at the hospital.

No officers were hurt.

Las Cruces police and a special task force made up of local law enforcement are investigating the case.

The suspect’s name has not been released.

One witness posted cellphone video of the incident to Facebook. The video can be viewed below, or click here for 2 NEWS App users.

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