Investigation later reveals gun was pellet rifle
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KDBC) — Investigators released new information in the shooting death of Jose Estrada, 37, who died after being shot multiple times by a Las Cruces officer.
Estrada died Tuesday evening at University Medical Center of El Paso after an afternoon altercation Tuesday in front of a home on Bronco Way.
Officers said they were responding to a call claiming a man armed with a gun and threatening people.
Investigators said officers made contact with Estrada who was initially unarmed and standing outside the residence. Estrada disobeyed commands from officers and retreated into the residence only to emerge carrying what appeared to be an assault-style rifle that he pointed at the officers, reports revealed.
Officers discharged their duty weapons and Estrada was struck at least once in his upper torso.
Estrada was transported by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center and then airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso where he died shortly after 6:30 p.m.
The investigation has revealed that the weapon Estrada pointed at the officers strongly resembles AR-15/M-16 style rifles. The rifle Estrada pointed at officers was determined to be a Crosman M-16 style pellet rifle.
Three Las Cruces Police officers have been placed on standard administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. No officers were injured during the incident.