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Sheriff's deputy shoots, kills man in Mesquite

There are 108 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Mar 30, 2010, titled Sheriff's deputy shoots, kills man in Mesquite. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

An unidentified person was shot and killed by a Do a Ana County sheriff's deputy Monday evening in Mesquite.

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Since: Oct 08

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#43 Mar 30, 2010
chloe wrote:
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vehicles move forward not side to side, shots went from passenger door to driver door, cop was standing beside car not in front of it.
So, basically what you're saying is it's perfectly okay this guy did a beer run; fought with the cop and tried to take his gun; was tazed and then tried to steal the cop car....that all of that, he shouldn't have been shot. They should have let him drive away or what? This is what YOU would have done?

I guarantee you, just about anywhere in the world, if you try to take a cops gun, then try to steal his car, you're gonna get shot at by the cops.
Finepix

Pflugerville, TX

#44 Mar 30, 2010
Gateway wrote:
You dont run from the POLICE!!!!!!!!!!
"F" the po's po's. I run all the time. They'll never take me alive.
LCSun

Las Cruces, NM

#45 Mar 30, 2010
So many people judging the officers actions should walk in their shoes first. I've been a cop and even worked in the area and still around there daily. How many critics know where Mesquite is or are brave enough to travel there? Get out of your vehicle when those thugs are hanging around the little store waiting to prey on someone. Take a trip and walk around at night if you dare. Lots of good folks there but the thugs are like cockroaches. The roaches know the good folks will put a bullet in them or beat them to a pulp if they mess with them. These hoodlums taunt the cops, the judges let them out and they they get more brave each time. That 17 year old was capable of killing or injuring the officer as well as many more people.

Judge the thug not the officer. Unfortunately,this isn't the first and won't be the last killing in Mesquite NM.

Again, for all you do-gooders who want to save the planet, take a cruise into Mesquite some evening, park and go walk around and see how safe you feel. Wath these little roaches come out and filter in and out of the Mesquite Mercantile. Pay attention and you'll probably see a drug deal go down at the gas pumps,parking lot or pay phone. The people that work there are great folks, but scared.
Thank you DASO and the Officer for doing your job in making our town a little safer and brave enough to approach these scumbags.

ps. The body is evidence and gets a free round trip to the office of the medical investigator for autopsy before anything else.

Since: May 09

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#46 Mar 30, 2010
Bedrock Bob wrote:
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Each and every time an officer fires their weapon in Dona Ana Co. it is justified. Take note of that. Even when the dude is stuck in the sand, unarmed, and has a 6 year old boy in the front seat.
Just repeat after me... For all shootings past and present..."It is justified!, It is justified!, It is justified!"
Yeah so blatant that the father of the guy tells his wife "They had to shoot him" until they figured out wait maybe we can sue. Now everything is changed. How about placing the blame where it belongs. He could have stayed in the home but no he had to leave with the child. He placed the child in the vehicle not the Officer. In fact the family called the Police because they were afraid of what he might do. There are times when you mess with the bull you get the horns!

Since: May 09

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#47 Mar 30, 2010
Finepix wrote:
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"F" the po's po's. I run all the time. They'll never take me alive.
We can only hope!

Since: May 09

Location hidden

#48 Mar 30, 2010
Cops shooting KIDS now wrote:
You morron, ignorant people that thinks that the police should have almighty power are full of ****. Just because they are wearing an uniform and a badge does not give them the right to just shoot to kill, especially if the alleged suspect is unarmed. What if it happenes to one of your family members?. Would you still feel that the police was justified? Think before you speak your mind S.O.B. Hope in God that you ignorant people dont have to ever go through a tragedy like this.
Shooting kids who do not obey and grab the Officers gun causing it to discharge. He gets shot with a taser but is too stupid to realize maybe I should stop/ No lets get in the car and see if I can run the Cop over. This guy needed to be shot!
Mrs Blue

Las Cruces, NM

#49 Mar 30, 2010
jaytheorc wrote:
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So, basically what you're saying is it's perfectly okay this guy did a beer run; fought with the cop and tried to take his gun; was tazed and then tried to steal the cop car....that all of that, he shouldn't have been shot. They should have let him drive away or what? This is what YOU would have done?
I guarantee you, just about anywhere in the world, if you try to take a cops gun, then try to steal his car, you're gonna get shot at by the cops.
But of course.... We live in a society full of people walking around making excuses for why they act like dumb azzes and why they are a victim of society. It is unbelievable that there are actually people out here who think it is perfectly ethical and cool to do what this punk did and he should not have been shot?? Lets steal from a store, fight the police, and steal the cop's wheels.....this is cool, right?? Of course this poor mijito should not have been shot. Give me a break.

What the heck is happening to the youth in our area particularly the south valley? Did they all fall out of their high chairs and hit their darn heads??? Was lead added into their tetas to make them so hard headed? It is sad and pathetic to see these situations. Sad...
FriHole

El Paso, TX

#50 Mar 30, 2010
Southwest Shooter wrote:
What happened to non lethal?? Tasers, Pepper Sprays, Bean Bags?? They Cary a taser, a sad waste of a life.
thats only in the movies. real life is +P hollow point cartridges to split your wig.
San Miguel

Houston, TX

#52 Mar 30, 2010
You think it is a senseless use of force? Wait until you wake up with one of these criminals in your living room with a lighter! You might change your mind. Wake up!
CAP

Waltham, MA

#53 Mar 30, 2010
I know the family. They are in pain and this is a tragedy. If you knew them, their character, what they have tried to do to help their child, you would not be making the comments I am reading. All parents make mistakes, but its always interesting (and sad) to read comments from people who don't have a clue as to what the facts are and paint a broadbrush of stereotypes. Yes, crime needs to be stopped and there are consequences, but something here does not seem quite right on how it was handled.
Annoyed

Albuquerque, NM

#55 Mar 30, 2010
As usual 90% of all that is coming in is that the Deputy/Officer was wrong! I have yet to see anyone write that maybe just maybe the suspect/deceased was the one who was actually wrong. Why do you pious self-riteous people always have to start out with the officer being wrong, the DA being crooked, and the suspect was an innocent angel?? Lae Enforcement officers do not drive around just looking for people to shoot. If thats what you believe than you are the most ignorant person on the face of the earth. Officers/Deputys are placed in situations that require mili-seconds for decisions to be made. Many of you on the other hand have hours and hours to sit around and blog this incident and speak as if you have the world of experience to have handled this situation differently. You want law enforcement out on the streets, but then try to tell them how to do their job, when you yourself dont have a clue. Is this a sad situation?? yes it is but not only for the family of this kid, but how about for the Deputy involved?? You people dont care about the men and women who will gladly give their lives for you and your family so just admit it. So please do all of us a favor. Dont call for Law Enforcement ever again when you are in need
Mrs Blue

Las Cruces, NM

#56 Mar 30, 2010
LCSun wrote:
So many people judging the officers actions should walk in their shoes first. I've been a cop and even worked in the area and still around there daily. How many critics know where Mesquite is or are brave enough to travel there? Get out of your vehicle when those thugs are hanging around the little store waiting to prey on someone. Take a trip and walk around at night if you dare. Lots of good folks there but the thugs are like cockroaches. The roaches know the good folks will put a bullet in them or beat them to a pulp if they mess with them. These hoodlums taunt the cops, the judges let them out and they they get more brave each time. That 17 year old was capable of killing or injuring the officer as well as many more people.
Judge the thug not the officer. Unfortunately,this isn't the first and won't be the last killing in Mesquite NM.
Again, for all you do-gooders who want to save the planet, take a cruise into Mesquite some evening, park and go walk around and see how safe you feel. Wath these little roaches come out and filter in and out of the Mesquite Mercantile. Pay attention and you'll probably see a drug deal go down at the gas pumps,parking lot or pay phone. The people that work there are great folks, but scared.
Thank you DASO and the Officer for doing your job in making our town a little safer and brave enough to approach these scumbags.
ps. The body is evidence and gets a free round trip to the office of the medical investigator for autopsy before anything else.
Yeah isn't LC Councilor Miguel Silva from Mesquite? He of all people should know there are some serious issues in the south valley. However, he and others tend to side with the thugs and encourage the excuse mentality among the thug population. It is time that people start taking responsibility for their crimes. No more excuses.

I agree with you...lots of issues in Mesquite and the area towns. A lot of good people do grow up in the valley and overcome the barrio mentality. One should not blame their hometown roots for their own shortcomings.

I agree with you. For the critics out there, go take a drive in the valley and take a look at our society. Mijitos are no longer chulo....they are disturbing. I was in Mesquite a few weeks ago and it is a bit disturbing. Some of the thugs were driving around in an old retired police car. They put some rims on it and were trying to look cool cruising around. I guess they like the cruiser ride so they bought one at auction.
Concealed ID

Las Cruces, NM

#57 Mar 30, 2010
This is very frustrating. Why is that so many people in here paint the offender into the victim and automatically assume the officer is the bad guy? Is it possible that the reason why we have so many justified shootings is because we have good quality LEO's working in out community? I bet many of you never thought about the possibility that almost virtually no officer will use deadly force unless it is reasonable and necessary. Do you think police work is a safe job? I have done the job myself and I am still amazed out how quickly things can go bad and how easy it is to get hurt. I know first hand that there is a big difference between the world as most people understand it and the real world. Why don't you Jedi knights keep burying your head in the sand and leave law enforcement to the professionals? In this case the perp was tased. How did that work out? The perp still attempted to steal the DASO unit. The deputy for some strange reason felt that the 2 ton weapon that the perp was stealing and was aiming at him was a threat to his life. Can you imagine why one may be afraid of being ran over?

Lets say the guy did get away in a stolen police car. Think about the danger that the inevitable pursuit would of put the general public in danger. How would you thug hugger like to be killed by this guy when he runs a stop sign and rams into your car. What if your children where in the car? Also, this guy now has access to the AR 15 or shotgun that is now in the deputies car. I think that scenario by itself is scary.

Since: May 09

Location hidden

#58 Mar 30, 2010
Concealed ID wrote:
This is very frustrating. Why is that so many people in here paint the offender into the victim and automatically assume the officer is the bad guy? Is it possible that the reason why we have so many justified shootings is because we have good quality LEO's working in out community? I bet many of you never thought about the possibility that almost virtually no officer will use deadly force unless it is reasonable and necessary. Do you think police work is a safe job? I have done the job myself and I am still amazed out how quickly things can go bad and how easy it is to get hurt. I know first hand that there is a big difference between the world as most people understand it and the real world. Why don't you Jedi knights keep burying your head in the sand and leave law enforcement to the professionals? In this case the perp was tased. How did that work out? The perp still attempted to steal the DASO unit. The deputy for some strange reason felt that the 2 ton weapon that the perp was stealing and was aiming at him was a threat to his life. Can you imagine why one may be afraid of being ran over?
Lets say the guy did get away in a stolen police car. Think about the danger that the inevitable pursuit would of put the general public in danger. How would you thug hugger like to be killed by this guy when he runs a stop sign and rams into your car. What if your children where in the car? Also, this guy now has access to the AR 15 or shotgun that is now in the deputies car. I think that scenario by itself is scary.
Great Post!
Common Sense

Albuquerque, NM

#59 Mar 30, 2010
xXx wrote:
An El Paso news station reports that the victim was 17 years old. Talk about a trigger happy Sheriff
i was unaware that 17-year-olds are incapable of being criminals. that 17-year-olds are incapable of possessing any common sense. that 17-year-olds are still babies that don't know right from wrong- that still think that when wile e. coyote plays with dynamite and is still alive after it blows up, that that is what happens in the real world.

wake up people. stop using one's youth as an excuse for crime- what do you think he was going to do if he had successfully taken the gun? save it for his collection? if this deputy were trigger happy, he would have shot the kid BEFORE the kid tried to take his gun and run him over with his own car.

ANYONE who feels like their life is in danger will do whatever necessary to save their own life--this is called INSTINCT. perhaps you are unaware of this, but when your life is in danger, your first thought is not..."hmmmm what's the least amount of pain i can inflict on my attacker...i don't wanna hurt the poor guy!"

and to those saying we don't know the family- i am sorry, but innocent, good-hearted teens who come from "hard working" families don't end up dead. if this were such a good family, they would have told their son to drink at home with their friends, and that they would buy the alcohol.
Rex

United States

#60 Mar 30, 2010
Cops shooting KIDS now wrote:
You morron, ignorant people that thinks that the police should have almighty power are full of ****. Just because they are wearing an uniform and a badge does not give them the right to just shoot to kill, especially if the alleged suspect is unarmed. What if it happenes to one of your family members?. Would you still feel that the police was justified? Think before you speak your mind S.O.B. Hope in God that you ignorant people dont have to ever go through a tragedy like this.
Let’s see if you’re liberal thoughts are still the same after one of these gang banging cholos robs, assaults, or commits a crime against you. The Mesquite, Anthony, Berino, Chamberino area is full of these bottom dwellers, and one less of them is a good thing. Going by this guys thinking, I bet he feels that the tax payers should pay for his funeral to.
Roughrider

Los Alamos, NM

#61 Mar 30, 2010
Finepix wrote:
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"F" the po's po's. I run all the time. They'll never take me alive.
Job security......
chldy

Rio Rancho, NM

#62 Mar 30, 2010
A kid that stole and then tried to run over the deputy,yep a piller of the community.The men and women of law enforcement are paid to protect even the thugs and trash.They are not paid to die because some kid doesnt feel the need to just simply live and be a kid, but to steal from people in thier own neighborhood,people they see and talk to every day. I for one am glad the right person is alive. The kids have no problem taking on deputies or cops,because the have no consequences till they turn 18,our juvinile laws are a joke and so are the judges that deal with these thugs and trash. The system is corrupt in Dona Ana and it favors the poor little kids that are now the major problem in the south valley. Lots of county state programs in place to help why is it not better. The kids cant read or write,so its all good here in Dona Ana .
Roughrider

Los Alamos, NM

#63 Mar 30, 2010
Bedrock Bob wrote:
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Each and every time an officer fires their weapon in Dona Ana Co. it is justified. Take note of that. Even when the dude is stuck in the sand, unarmed, and has a 6 year old boy in the front seat.
Just repeat after me... For all shootings past and present..."It is justified!, It is justified!, It is justified!"
Just so you know, if I'm correct, the state police that work here charged two different officers due to shootings. One was a deputy in Otero County, and he went to prison. Another was a park ranger in T or C. He also went to prison. Isn't the state police the primary agency regarding this case? They have the track results to show that they will complete a correct assessment of the shooting. What do you think?
The Real News

Farmington, NM

#64 Mar 30, 2010
what this article does NOT tell you is that it was a 17 year old boy who stole some beer from store in mesquite (it was on the NEWS)--therefore, you form your own opinion, but may i say that it is a CLEAR abuse of power, which is commonplace in this area

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