The New Mexico State Police has provided more details about the officer-inolved shooting in which a Las Cruces man later died from his injuries:
On November 1, 2019, at about 7:15 a.m., New Mexico State Police Officer Jantzen Duran conducted a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet Malibu for traveling 106 mph in a 60-mph zone on US 70, near mile marker 209, west of Alamogordo, New Mexico.
During the traffic stop, the male driver, identified as Benjamin Diaz (22) of Las Cruces, NM pulled over onto the left shoulder of the median of US70. After Officer Duran identified Diaz, he returned to the driver’s side of his police vehicle to issue Diaz a traffic citation. Diaz exited his vehicle and ran toward Duran’s police vehicle. Officer Duran gave verbal commands for Diaz to stay at the front of his police vehicle. Diaz refused and attacked Officer Duran with a folding box cutter. During the physical altercation, Diaz stabbed at Officer Duran’s chest. Officer Duran feared for his life, drew his department issued sidearm and fired once at Diaz, striking him. Diaz and Officer Duran fell to the ground and Diaz attempted to disarm Officer Duran. Officer Duran was able to gain control of Diaz and handcuffed him.