ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE/KBIM) - A hail of bullets flew in a Roswell residential area lateWednesday morning killing a man engaged in a gunbattle with policeofficers.
One neighbor said there were so many gunshots she lost countafter about a dozen.
The two Roswell Police Department officers involved are now onstandard administrative leave.
The officers reported seeing a man later identified as RudyLucero walking in the 600 block of East Tilden Street around 11a.m.
The officers tried to make contact with Lucero, 26, who theysaid then pulled out a handgun. In the exchange of gunfireLucero was struck at least once and then taken to a hospital wherehe was pronounced dead.
Police said Lucero did have a warrant out for his arrest butdeclined to provide details. They also don't know if that's why heran when he saw the two officers.
So far investigators are not saying if Lucero or the officersfired the first shot.
A large group of friends, family and neighbors congregated nearthe police perimeter which brought extra officers to the scene.
A joint task force made up of members from the New Mexico StatePolice, Chaves County Sheriff's Department and RPD areinvestigating the shooting.
This isn't the first time Lucero was involved with in a shootingwith Roswell police officers. In 1998 he faced several chargesincluding kidnapping and aggravated assault on a peace officer forthat incident.
This is the first officer-involved shooting in Roswell in aboutthree years, according to RPD Officer Travis Holley.
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