Las Cruces PD won’t investigate foothills shooting

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Las Cruces Police has rejected APD’s request for the department to review the recent fatal foothills shooting that has sparked a public outcry.

James Boyd, 38, was shot by APD after a three-hour standoff with officers who went to talk to him about camping illegally. APD Chief Gorden Eden said officers fired at Boyd because he directly threatened a canine officer with two knives.

According to spokesman Dan Trujillo, the department rejected the request because they didn’t have anyone at the scene while it was happening, and they feel they are too busy with Las Cruces crimes to delve into an Albuquerque investigation.

“We would like to just use our man power down here instead of sending them up to Albuquerque,” Trujillo said, adding their department has never faced a request like this.

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At this point, 11 days after the shooting, Trujillo said the department wouldn’t be able to complete a thorough investigation.

“Because the incident that they’re talking about occurred almost a week, and almost two weeks ago, there’s not a lot we can do besides just look over paperwork, and that’s probably not a very good nor through investigation.” Trujillo said.

Trujillo said usually when there’s an incident in Las Cruces, local officers, investigators from State Police, investigators from the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office and NMSU police will look into the case.

“When we have such an incident, all those investigators get together at the scene,” Trujillo said, adding the scene is still hot at that point. “We were not at [the foothills] scene, when it was a hot scene, if you will.”

Trujillo said there are are no hard feelings between departments, and LCPD does not “hold anything against APD for asking.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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