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Deputy involved in shooting at Sheriff’s Office identified

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The entrance to the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office inside the Chaves County Administrative Building at 1 St. Mary’s Place. (Daily Record File Photo)

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Officials have released the name of a Chaves County deputy involved in a recent shooting incident.

Chaves County Sheriff Mike Herrington confirmed Friday that Deputy Nathaniel De La Cerda is the deputy who shot and injured a suspect in the booking area of the Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, July 18.

The suspect was reportedly shot after trying to wrest away a weapon from De La Cerda and escape from the office after he had been arrested.

Todd Wildermuth, Roswell Police Department public information officer, said Friday the suspect faces charges of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; attempted escape from custody of a peace officer; disarming a peace officer; and battery on a peace officer.

The identity of the man shot could not be confirmed because he is in the country illegally, according to Wildermuth, and had no confirmed identification on him when he was initially brought to the Sheriff’s Office.

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Wildermuth added the RPD-led investigation into the incident, which has also been aided by detectives from the Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police, has been completed. A report will next be submitted to the Office of the District Attorney for review.

The man who was shot, who is believed to be from San Salvador, was still being treated at a medical facility in Lubbock, Texas for what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, Herrington said.

De La Cerda was initially hospitalized with minor injuries but has since been released. Herrington added that De La Cerda has returned to work following three days of paid administrative leave, which is protocol for Sheriff’s Office employees being investigated in officer-involved shootings.

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

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