Victim killed in Las Cruces officer-involved shooting identified by police

This image, released from the Las Cruces Police Department, shows body cam footage from the shooting.

A 52-year-old man was killed in a shooting involving a Las Cruces police officer Monday morning.

Around 11:30 a.m., officers were called to the 1700 block of Rio Grande Street after a caller said a suspicious person possibly armed with a knife was in the area, police said.

The responding officer saw the man near the back of a black Honda sedan parked on Arizona Avenue, police said.

According to police, the man, later identified as Ernesto Sedillo, 52, was in the back seat of the Honda when the officer approached.

Police said Sedillo immediately pointed a handgun at the officer, who then responded by firing several rounds at the suspect.

The officer returned to his patrol unit and called for backup, not knowing if the man was hit or still a threat.

The SWAT team was called in to make contact with the man, but they were unable to do so even after using an audible diversionary device, police said.

Once officers approached the vehicle, they found Sedillo unresponsive with at least one gunshot wound, police said. A 9mm handgun and a knife were found with Sedillo in the backseat.

Sedillo was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors in the area who didn’t wish to appear on camera tell CBS4, they heard multiple shots fired followed by a loud bang they describe sounded like an explosion.

"We heard two shots and then four to six shots right after that. Like a space, and four to six shots then immediately, sirens all over town."

Sedillo’s body will be transported to the state’s medical investigator’s office for an autopsy.

The officer was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

Police said the officer is a four-year veteran with the police department, who was a deputy with the sheriff’s office since 2009.

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