Officer-involved shooting in New Mexico during officer funeral

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – Right as a memorial service for Hatch police officer Jose Chavez was wrapping up, Las Cruces Police confirms officers opened fire on a suspect.

It happened around 3 p.m. Sunday on Lohman Avenue above Interstate 25.

Police say they were approaching a man suspected of stealing a pickup when he pulled a knife on officers.

Officers opened fire and the suspect later died at the hospital from his injuries.

No officers were hurt.

The suspect’s name has not been released. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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