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One dead in officer-involved shooting

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Roswell police officers investigate an incident Friday night near Poe Street and Mills Drive that resulted in a local man being shot to death after several law enforcement officers fired at him. The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office and the Roswell Police Department were among the agencies involved. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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One man is dead following a Friday night officer-involved shooting in southeast Roswell.

No officers were injured, but a man who was allegedly armed and threatening was shot and died from his injuries, according to Todd Wildermuth, public information officer for the Roswell Police Department.

The name of the man shot was not disclosed before press time Saturday. In a post on their Facebook page, the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed their involvement in the incident.

The shooting happened when the RPD and other law enforcement agencies responded to a call at 6:15 p.m. of a man threatening to shoot other residents at a 2300 block of Mills Drive home.

When officers saw the man outside the back of the residence, he was in possession of one or more guns, Wildermuth said.

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“During the encounter, multiple officers from more than one agency fired shots at the man who died as a result,” Wildermuth said. He added that a joint-agency team consisting of members of the RPD, Chaves County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police will investigate the shooting.

RPD officers involved in the shooting, Wildermuth said, will be placed on administrative leave, which is the department’s standard procedure for officer-involved shootings. The length of their leave depends on the circumstances of the event and the progress of the investigation.

Undersheriff Charles Yslas, of the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, said the deputies involved have been placed on three days paid administrative leave, which is the protocol for the Sheriff’s Office for officer-involved shootings.

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