New Mexico State University Student Hospitalized In Officer Involved Shooting

Nov 15, 2016

New Mexico State University Police Department Chief Stephen Lopez during a press conference on the shooting.
Credit KRWG/Simon Thompson

A New Mexico State University student was shot during a confrontation with a New Mexico State University police officer on the main campus in Las Cruces Monday night.

The 28 year old male has been hospitalized at University Medical Center in El Paso and is in stable condition.

New Mexico State University Police Chief Stephen Lopez said the shooting occurred after an officer responded to a report of a man with a gun at the Chamisa Village apartments on campus.

“The first officer on the scene heard the individual making threats to someone in the area he saw that the subject had a hand gun and he gave commands to the individual. When the individual failed to comply the officer fired two shots with one striking the subject in the leg." Lopez said.  

"I am very pleased that despite being confronted with an armed threat the officer maintained his composure.” 

The officer involved in the shooting incident was not injured. The name of the student and officer involved was not released.

The New Mexico State Police Department said the body camera footage will be made public once all witnesses have been interviewed

The officer has been placed on a standard 3 days of administrative leave while initial investigation is done.

Lopez said a multi-agency task force is investigating the shooting incident.