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State Police investigate officer-involved shooting


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A recent shooting of an attempted armed robbery suspect by a Roswell Police officer is now being investigated by New Mexico State Police.

Roswell Police reached out to the State Police Investigation Bureau to investigate Monday’s officer-involved shooting, according to a press release issued Tuesday by State Police.

The shooting happened after Roswell Police responded at about 3 p.m. Monday to a report of an attempted armed robbery at the Family Dollar store in the 900 block of East Second Street.

Police were searching the area when an officer located the suspect in the 1100 block of Brown Street. When an officer encountered the suspect, the officer allegedly fired his weapon, striking the suspect.

The suspect was subsequently airlifted to a hospital to be treated for injuries sustained during the encounter with the officer, according to the release. The condition of the suspect is not yet known.

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No officers were injured during Monday’s encounter. The name of the suspect is not being released at this time and the identity of the officer who opened fire will not be released until additional investigations have taken place.

A release from the Roswell Police issued after Monday’s shooting said the officer allegedly involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave until after the investigation is completed by State Police, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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