LAS CRUCES, NM. – Multiple officers were wounded after a suspect allegedly opened fire on police early on Monday morning, officials said.
According to a report from KOAT 7, an officer was investigating a call of a suspicious person around 2:30 a.m. Monday morning. When the LEO arrived and shined his spotlight on the suspect, the man reportedly opened fire.
Rounds pierced the windshield of the officer’s cruiser, striking him once. The officer was able to quickly drive himself to a medical facility where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Right after the initial shooting, police say the armed suspect attempted to carjack a delivery driver’s vehicle, but was unsuccessful. When police tracked the suspect down, they attempted to take him into custody, but reports noted that he would not comply with officer commands.
The suspect allegedly then fired at least one time at LCPD officers. They immediately fired back, striking and killing the unnamed suspect. He died at the scene.
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KOAT reported that another Las Cruces officer and a Dona Ana County deputy were both injured and are both being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigators remained at the scene following the shooting. Another officer was wounded in New Orleans on Monday morning after two armed suspects tried to hold up a CVS.
According to reports from The Advocate, officers responded to a call about an attempted armed robbery at a CVS around 6:00 a.m. on Monday morning. When units arrived at the scene, a gun battle allegedly broke out between New Orleans police officers and the suspects.
The incident occurred in the 4900 block of Prytania Street, according to police. An EMS official as well as an initial radio report confirmed that the officer had been shot and struck in his left shoulder. One of the suspects was reportedly shot as well.
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BREAKING: A New Orleans police officer has been wounded in a shooting in Uptown this morning on Prytania Street. https://t.co/s1Lv62Xa7Z
— New Orleans Advocate (@theadvocateno) June 17, 2019
Police were able to quickly apprehend and arrest one of the suspects at the scene. Multiple reports noted that the suspect was armed with what they were calling a “sub-machine gun”.
A second suspect reportedly fled the scene. Police were able to track that suspect down to the 4900 block of Coliseum street and surrounded a home.
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Authorities then reportedly took the second suspect into custody. That suspect was confirmed to have been shot during the initial exchange of gunfire with police.
Reporters at the scene said that they saw officers with their guns drawn at Soniat and Coliseum streets early Monday morning. They said that there was a ‘heavy police presence’ throughout the area of Uptown New Orleans as the situation continues to be investigated.
So there were at least 5 or 6, maybe even 7 or 8, siren runs down Napoleon just now, um, what’s up? Way more then the usual.
— JeanPaulVillere (@JeanPaulVillere) June 17, 2019
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The injured officer was rushed by a fellow NOPD to the University Medical Center for immediate medical attention. He and the suspect were both reported to be in stable condition.
This story is developing. Law Enforcement Today will continue to bring you updates as more information becomes available to the public.