HANOVER, N.M. (AP) – Authorities have identified a New Mexico State Police officer who fatally shot a man in Grant County last month.
State Police said Friday that Officer Austin Baca-Ray fired his weapon, striking and killing 29-year-old Josh Herrera in Hanover, a town east of Silver City.
Investigators say Herrera, of Vanadium, took a “deliberately aggressive” stance and pointed a .22 caliber handgun at officers.
He died at the scene.
No one else was injured.
Authorities say Grant County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in response to reports of a gunman, with state police officers assisting deputies with the call.
According to New Mexico State Police, Baca-Ray has been with the department for six months.
The shooting remains under investigation.