Carlsbad man killed after allegedly pointing gun at Sheriff's deputies

An Eddy County Sheriff's car. Eddy County Commissioners approved a wage increase for Sheriff's personnel on Sept. 20, 2022.
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Editor's note: This story was updated Aug. 16 to reflect the correct name of the deceased. The man who was shot and killed by an unnamed Eddy County Sheriff's Office deputy was Gabriel Mesa. Mesa was incorrectly identified by new Mexico State Police records used by the Current-Argus in the original reporting of the incident.

A Carlsbad man was shot and killed Thursday night by Eddy County Sheriff's deputies, New Mexico State Police said.

Gabriel Mesa, 48, allegedly ignored verbal warnings from deputies and pointed a gun at them, State Police said, when they confronted him in a field near the 3900 block of West Texas around 7:20 p.m. Thursday.

Earlier, deputies responded to an alleged domestic violence incident in the 4000 block of Jones Street involving Mesa, who was allegedly intoxicated and having a dispute with a woman.

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Investigators said Mesa took the woman's cellphone and a handgun and left the residence.

Deputies received tip Mesa was in the field.

He was struck at least once by gunfire. The name of the law enforcement officers involved was not released to the media.

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“After the shooting, both deputies rendered aid to Mesa until the arrival of emergency medical personnel. Mesa succumbed to his injuries and was later pronounced dead,” said State Police Spokesperson Officer Dusty Francisco.

No law enforcement personnel was injured.

The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau worked independently determining the alleged events that led to the shooting. Once complete, results of the investigation would be turned over to the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s office for review, the press release read.

Mike Smith can be reached at 575-628-5546 or by email at MSmith@currentargus.com or @ArgusMichae on Twitter

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