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State Police release name of man killed in officer-involved shooting


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New Mexico State Police have released the name of a man killed Thursday night in an officer-involved shooting in Roswell.

Victor Ivan Barron, 22, of Roswell, was shot near the J.P. Stone Community Bank at the corner of North Main and 19th streets after a vehicle pursuit and brief foot chase involving officers of the Roswell Police Department and deputies with the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, according to a press release issued Saturday by State Police.

Barron was running from police and sheriff’s deputies and heading north on the east side of the bank when he brandished a firearm, according to the press release. Two RPD officers and a Chaves County deputy then each fired at least one round from their department-issued firearms, and Barron was struck.

No details were released about how many rounds struck Barron. The press release states he was administered emergency aid on the scene and subsequently transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

No officers or deputies were injured. The incident remains under investigation by State Police. The press release states that the names of officers and deputies will not be released until all interviews are completed. Once the investigation has concluded, the case will be referred to a district attorney’s office for review.

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The press release states a sergeant with the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, at 11:26 p.m., had attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a white Ford pickup truck, of which Barron was later identified as the driver, in the area of South Main and Mathews Street. After the vehicle did not stop, a pursuit ensued and the Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from RPD.

The pursuit proceeded north. Later in the chase, tire deflation devices were deployed just north of 19th Street, and Barron drove into the parking lot of the bank.

Friday morning, personnel from the RPD, Sheriff’s Office and State Police were still at the bank, with a portion of East 19th Street and the parking lot around the bank blocked off as the scene was being processed. Traffic that morning was redirected onto side streets and through nearby parking lots.

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

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