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New Mexico police probe officer-involving fatal shooting

September 7, 2021 GMT

MORIARTY, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police said Tuesday they are investigating the fatal shooting of a 46-year-old suspect who fired at a SWAT team during a standoff with Albuquerque police.

The victim who fired multiple shots at officers responding to a domestic violence call at a residence in Moriarty Monday night was identified as Cimmeron Christy of Moriarty. He was pronounced dead at the scene from his injuries sometime after 10 p.m. Monday.

No deputies or officers were injured during the incident. State police, Torrance County sheriff’s deputies and an Albuquerque Police Department SWAT team were attempting to negotiate a peaceful surrender when Christy fired the shots toward the officers and they returned fire, police said Tuesday.

“The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau agents are working to independently determine the series of events leading to the shooting, including collecting evidence and conducting interviews,” the bureau said in a statement.

The name of the officer involved won’t be released until interviews are completed. The results of the investigation will be given to the district attorney’s office for review, the bureau said.