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Las Cruces Police Department:
This is a request for public records as provided for in "The Inspection of Public Records Act" (NMSA 1978, Article 14, Chapter 2).
Please provide access to the following:
Any and all lapel camera, dash camera video that may document the following:
Las Cruces police and the Officer-involved Incident Task Force are investigating a shooting that occurred late Friday evening and resulted in the death of a 29-year-old man.
Preliminary information from the investigation indicates that, about 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, officers were dispatched to a disturbance at a home on the 1900 block of Arlington Avenue. Shortly after arrival at the home, one of the officers was injured by a 29-year-old man while a second officer discharged at least one round that struck the man.
The officer’s injuries were not life-threatening. The 29-year-old man was pronounced dead on scene.
Police expect to have a portion of Arlington Avenue, between Fairbanks Drive and Camino Del Rex, closed for most of the night.
As is Las Cruces police procedure, the officer who discharged his weapon will be placed on standard administrative leave.
The task force is comprised of investigators from New Mexico State Police, Las Cruces Police, the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State University Police. Once completed, results of the investigation are shared with the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
As you know, the Act provides that if portions of a document are exempt from release, the remainder must be segregated and disclosed. Therefore, I will expect you to give me access to all nonexempt portions of the records I have requested, and ask you to justify any deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the Act.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at (505) 764-5235. Thank you for your assistance and I look forward to receiving your reply within the deadline mandated by law.