Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of a man in Las Cruces

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – Dona Ana County Sheriff’s officials say they’ve made an arrest in a homicide investigation.

They say 34-year-old Rocky Armendariz is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Christopher Lauster early Tuesday.

Authorities say the 35-year-old Lauster was at a home with at least two other people when Armendariz allegedly showed up and confronted him.

An argument ensued and reportedly became physical.

A witness told sheriff’s detectives he heard a gunshot and then found Lauster on the ground.

Lauster was transported to a Las Cruces-area hospital with a gunshot wound and later died.

Authorities say Armendariz had an outstanding warrant for a probation violation.

He’s being held at the county Detention Center.

It was unclear Wednesday if Armendariz has a lawyer yet.

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