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Man Allegedly Shoots Friend During Drug Money Chase

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 1:51pm

LAS CRUCES — Las Cruces Police arrested a man suspected of firing a handgun Saturday evening that injured a friend who was going to purchase narcotics for him.

Albert Hernandez, 26, was charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony.

Las Cruces Police detectives learned that on Saturday Hernandez gave a friend $20 to purchase two oxycodone pills. The friend drove off to purchase the narcotics but noticed Hernandez following him in another vehicle.

Detectives learned that Hernandez was under the impression that his friend was going to keep the $20 and fail to return with the oxycodone pills.

At some point as the two vehicle traveled along Main Street, Hernandez pulled alongside his friend’s vehicle and fired one round from a .9 mm handgun that struck the victim’s arm. The victim drove to the Post Office on Las Cruces Avenue and his girlfriend, a passenger in the vehicle, called 911.

The victim was transported to a local hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening.

Police located and detained Hernandez at his home, and recovered the gun believed to be used in the shooting. Hernandez was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

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