Recordings say Las Cruces fugitive was shot by detective multiple times

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – Dispatch recordings reveal that the wanted man who was fatally shot by a Dona Ana County sheriff’s detective outside a Las Cruces motel suffered from gunshot wounds to his neck and chest.

Las Cruces Sun-News reports that in the recordings released by the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority, officers can be heard saying that 34-year-old Michael Malone didn’t have a pulse before emergency workers responded to the scene.

Emergency workers reportedly arrived to find one gunshot in Malone’s neck and two in his chest.

Authorities had tried to serve a warrant on Malone on June 29 when he fled from a motel window and was believed to be armed.

After a brief confrontation, Malone was shot and killed in an alleyway.

The shooting continues to be investigated. 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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