A Las Cruces man suspected of seriously injuring a city police officer with his vehicle in a February accident at a fast-food restaurant, was killed in a shooting with Mexican police. According to the authorities, the suspect died on Friday, March 5, after a shooting with law enforcement officers in Juarez, Mexico.
Las Cruces Police spokesman Danny Trujillo said that forty-year-old Mark James Esquibel was hit in an exchange of gunfire on Thursday and died on Friday.
The spokesman also said there are reports from Mexico that one officer died in the shootout with Esquibel and two others were wounded.
Esquibel was suspected of running over an officer on February 15th. After the accident, Las Cruces police was called to a fast-food restaurant where the suspect was parked. The officers tried to arrest the suspect, but he refused to leave his vehicle and an officer tried to defeat him with a Taser. At that moment, Esquibel started his vehicle and with a high speed moved out of the parking stall, hitting the officer, and fled the scene.
Later the police got an arrest warrant to charge Esquibel with aggravated assault on a police officer, evading arrest and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The Las Cruces officer suffered severe injuries and is still recovering. According to Trujillo, it’s not known when Esquivel entered Mexico.
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