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State Police investigate officer-involved shooting

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A Roswell Police Department vehicle parked near the parking lot of J.P. Stone Community Bank at the corner of North Main and 19th streets Friday morning. The area around the bank was the scene of an officer-involved shooting Thursday night, according to Chaves County Undersheriff Charles Yslas. (Alex Ross Photo)

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New Mexico State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left one man dead Thursday night in Roswell.

Charles Yslas, Chaves County undersheriff, said the incident, which involved deputies with the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Roswell Police Department, occurred outside J.P. Stone Community Bank on the corner of North Main and 19th streets following a vehicle pursuit.

“As officers were chasing the suspect on foot, the suspect produced a handgun, at which time the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office and the Roswell Police Department were involved in an officer-involved shooting,” he said.

No law enforcement personnel were injured, but Yslas said deputies and RPD officers both shot at the man, who was transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center where he was subsequently pronounced deceased. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending further investigation and notification of next of kin.

RPD officers and Chaves County Sheriff’s deputies on Thursday at 11:30 p.m. became involved in the pursuit of a white pickup truck that started on Mathews Street. Yslas said the chase proceeded north, until one of the tires on the vehicle was punctured by a tire-deflation device deployed by law enforcement.

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The driver of the vehicle, once he reached the bank, stopped the vehicle and fled on foot.

State Police were likely to be in the area around the bank, processing the scene, throughout much of Friday morning.