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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 5:38pm
Las Cruces, NM (KDBC) — A plain clothed Las Cruces Police Officer shot and killed a mixed-breed dog Wednesday evening in the 3200 block of Eagle Ridge Drive after three people flagged the officer down saying that the dog was chasing them.
The plain clothed LCPD officer was flagged down just before 5:30 p.m. by an adult man and two teenage girls who said the dog was chasing them. Preliminary information indicates that the officer was able to successfully distract the dog from the three victims, and was able to radio for the assistance of an Animal Control officer.
Before Animal Control could arrive to the scene, the dog allegedly became aggressive toward the officer and ran toward him. As the dog ran toward the officer, the LCPD officer fired his duty weapon, fatally injuring the mixed-breed dog.
The man and two teenage girls were not injured.
Las Cruces Police say that the officer who fired at the dog is a 16-year veteran with the department. As per LCPD policy related to the discharge of any duty firearm, the multi-agency task force will investigate the shooting. The task force includes investigators from New Mexico State Police, the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State University Police and Las Cruces Police. The task force reports its findings to the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office.