Las Cruces Police Officer Fatally Stabbed; Suspect Shot by Witness

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The suspect's identity has not been released. Hernandez, a former resident of El Paso, Texas, had served with the Las Cruces police for two years. Las Cruces police stated that further details would be provided later.

Police reported that a New Mexico police officer succumbed to injuries sustained after being stabbed by a suspect on Sunday evening. The assailant was subsequently shot and killed by a witness to the attack, according to authorities.

Officer Jonah Hernandez, a member of the Las Cruces Patrol, was stabbed at least once shortly before 5 p.m. while he was responding to a report of a trespasser on South Valley Drive. This information was provided by the Las Cruces Police Department in a statement posted on social media.

Following the stabbing, a witness to the attack utilized the officer's police radio to call for assistance. However, despite being transported to MountainView Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces, Officer Hernandez tragically succumbed to his injuries, as confirmed by the police.

Police indicated that the suspect, a 29-year-old man, was believed to have been shot and killed by the same witness. However, the police did not release the suspect's identity pending notification of his next of kin.

Officer Hernandez, a former resident of El Paso, Texas, had served with the Las Cruces police for two years, according to the statement.

The Las Cruces police mentioned that additional information will be shared later in the week.

Las Cruces is situated approximately 223 miles (359 kilometers) south of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and 46 miles (74 kilometers) northwest of El Paso, Texas.